PEORIA, Ariz. (Feb.
23, 2010) - The city of Peoria is reminding motorists of the reduced speed
limit near elementary schools by installing solar-powered “VCalm” message signs
on Happy Valley Road. The two speed radar feedback signs have been installed
near Terramar Elementary and Happy Valley Basic schools west of 67th Avenue.
“The message boards
detect vehicle speed. If the vehicle exceeds the posted speed limit, the board
will flash the speed to inform motorist they need to slow down,” says Sergeant
Russ Scarborough, the Peoria Police Department’s traffic-services supervisor.
Similar signs are in
use on Bell Road and on 91st Avenue near Desert Harbor Elementary. The signs
were budgeted as a component of the recently completed Happy Valley Road
improvement project. They cost approximately $28,000.
“The ‘VCalm’ signs are
a part of the total package of safety improvements that include the signal at
the shared driveway between Terramar Elementary and Christ’s Church of the
Valley; additional signing; and the school stencil in the travel lanes,”
according to Senior Civil Engineer Chris Kmetty.
For more information,
call Russ Scarborough at 623-773-7014.