Speed Bumps Reinstalled on Ellsworth Drive to Slow Traffic

The bumps really help to slow drivers down, an official says.


The downtown Silver Spring property management company has reinstalled two speed bumps on Ellsworth Drive. The bumps serve as a reminder to drivers coming through the area to yield to pedestrians on the street.

Although the speed limit is 15 mph, drivers can sometimes forget that, says Ronnell Johnson, head of security in downtown.

Just recently, has also started to barricade Ellsworth Drive between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street during lunchtime.

Johnson says he has noticed a huge difference. Pedestrians seem to walk at a slower pace and enjoy walking around more, he added.

The speed bumps are usually removed during the winter for snow removal and during festivities such as the Thanksgiving Parade.

Kathy Jentz June 01, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I applaud the lunchtime closing of the street and would like to see it expanded to more hours.
jag June 01, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Yeah, the lunchtime closing makes a ton of sense. Expanding it to dinner time or all the time would be welcomed as well.
Wayne Phyillaier June 01, 2012 at 05:14 PM
The restaurants all along the north side of Ellsworth have their patio areas extending out so that the remaining sidewalk is very tight - barely able to allow a wheelchair or baby carriage to pass in some places. Pedestrians are being effectively pushed out into Ellsworth by these fenced off patios. I really like the atmosphere and activity the patios generate. But if we are going to have them, then we should close Ellsworth to motor vehicles permanently so pedestrians can feel welcome and not be so pinched.
Tamika Smith June 01, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The lunchtime closure does seem like it has made a huge difference, but what about barricading it all the time? Do people really need to drive on Ellsworth to get to the garage?


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