Memphis City Council members are preparing a resolution to let citizens pay for speed humps on residential streets.
Speed hump locations will still need to meet certain city requirements, and the city will still handle the installation, inspection, and maintenance, but residents will be allowed to pay for speed humps if they so desire.
According to Wain Gaskins, director of engineering for the city, doing so will allow neighborhoods to get their speed humps "a paving season sooner than they would otherwise."
Nationally, speed humps have been shown to reduce speed and cut-through traffic. According to Gaskins, they typically reduce drivers' speed from 3 to 7 miles per hour in Memphis but don't have much effect on cut-through traffic.
Council members don't think there is a huge market of Memphians ready and willing to pay for speed humps, but they wanted to give those that are the opportunity.
"This might be used one or two times, but if that lets us address the citizens' needs, I think that's good," said council member Shea Flinn.
The change to the policy is actually administrative, but historically, the council has approved any amendments to it as a show of support.