Camino Santa Cruz Hits A Speedbump

Controversial speed bumps on Camino Santa Cruz in the Yates subdivision. Photo by Robert Naranjo with the Valley Daily Post

Camino Santa Cruz Hits A Speedbump

Cars Scraping Top of Bumps Residents Say, City Manager Responds To Issue

By Robert A, Naranjo


Recently, the City of Española raised the height and width of some existing speed bumps on Camino Santa Cruz in the Yates subdivision and simultaneously raised the ire of some of the Camino’s residents. A recent visit to the site of the contentious speed bumps found a roadrunner, New Mexico’s State Bird, running quickly across a lawn in front of the offending speed bumps but cars reduced to a slow crawl as they drove over the road obstacles.

Local residents have voiced several concerns over these new speedbumps, saying that many cars are unable to clear the newly raised and widened speed bumps on Camino Santa Cruz without bottoming out and possibly damaging the cars.

“I hate them,” a family member of a homeowner near one of the raised speed bumps said. “The cars make an awful loud noise when they scrape the bottom of their cars,” she explained. She said the scraping noise happens day and night. “They should have put the speed bumps on the other road near the school, it makes more sense to put them there,” she reasoned. Another local resident named Albert said that his wife’s car scrapes the top of the speed bumps, especially the northernmost one on Camino Santa Cruz.

Another homeowner on Camino Santa Cruz said over a telephone interview that the scraping sound cars are making can be heard in the backyard although a 6’ wall serves as a sound barrier. She added, “Cars are being damaged” by the speed bump. She said that she had voiced concern to city employees while they were installing the speedbumps but was told that they were being installed because “…everybody was asking for them.”

An inquiry into the City of Española Streets & Public Works Department at City Hall eventually led to a conversation with a City Streets Department employee whom was helpful but not too forthcoming with information. He did refer the reporter to the City Manager, Kelly Duran who explained the entire matter about the speed bumps on Camino Santa Cruz.

“The project was initiated because of reports of it being a safety concern. There was a study conducted by the General Services Director and some of the Council members indicating that a high amount of traffic was coming down Camino Santa Cruz at a high rate of speed,” Duran explained.

“The Council received numerous complaints about it, I received numerous complaints about it, the General Services Director received complaints about it and a study was done. And, I believe there was one speed bump that was installed,” he said.

Duran mentioned that the City Council voted on the speed bumps and said that the speed bumps installed on Camino Santa Cruz were “not in accordance with the latest standards” so the bumps have been milled down to the correct standard height. He also said that the current “speed bumps will be completely milled down and replaced by speed humps” and that the General Services Director and the Streets Department are currently “looking at their schedules” to get the work done as soon their schedules will permit.

At the end of the day, the speed bumps – soon to be speed humps — were made higher because of safety concerns caused by speeding traffic on Camino Santa Cruz, but an outdated design of speedbump has caused problems for many residents. Speed humps should soon replace all the speedbumps, smoothing the ease of traffic flow and residents nerves.