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Published June 25, 2013, 05:50 PM

South Fargo neighborhood says they are sick of speeding traffic

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Homeowners along East Gateway Circle in South Fargo say they're sick of traffic speeding through their neighborhood.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Homeowners along East Gateway Circle in South Fargo say they're sick of traffic speeding through their neighborhood.

They're asking the city to reduce their assessments for a recent construction project.

Homeowners along 7th Avenue and East Gateway Circle say people are using it as a shortcut between 17th Avenue and 13th avenue, often speeding through or backing up intersections.

Dean Hulse has lived here on East Gateway Circle for nearly 25 years.

But he says traffic in the once-quiet neighborhood has picked up, and his concern is about more than just noisy cars.

Dean Hulse- Gateway Cir Resident: "The speed is the main concern. Right at the corner, here, is where the school bus pick-up and drop-off is. So, during the school year, elementary-age kids are getting on a bus right here."

A January 2012 city traffic survey showed about 25% more traffic on that street than other streets in the neighborhood.

Homeowners think drivers are using it as a shortcut between 17th and 13th Avenue.

When Hulse and his neighbors got notice that the city would charge a special assessment for a recent mill and overlay project, they decided to speak up.

More than 30 residents signed a petition arguing that the burden of extra traffic should relieve them of some of the cost.

For example, one home's assessment is about 1,700 dollars.

Hulse: "The easy solution would be, we've got 25-percent more traffic, let's just have a 25% discount on our specials."

City officials - hoping to avoid lowering the assessment - are looking at several solutions.

The ideal is to reduce the problems with traffic, perhaps by extra enforcement or changing speed limits.

Steve Sprague- City Auditor: "Or possibly doing some traffic-calming, which could be as simple as putting up a stop sign or two in a couple of blocks."

Hulse says a solution would be great, it's not about the money.

Hulse: "Hopefully we can work something out to resolve this issue because it's not only traffic, it's the speed of the traffic. So, it's a quality of life and a public safety issue."

The city is deciding how to best address the issue and will bring it to the city commission again in four weeks.

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