Julian Drive residents upset over traffic

By LARRY C. BOWERS
Posted 1/31/18

Residents on Julian Drive in the Sullivan subdivision continue to complain to the Cleveland City Council and city staff about ongoing traffic problems in their Northeast Cleveland …

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Julian Drive residents upset over traffic

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Residents on Julian Drive in the Sullivan subdivision continue to complain to the Cleveland City Council and city staff about ongoing traffic problems in their Northeast Cleveland  neighborhood.

Desiree Abraham, who lives at 2816 Julian Drive N.E., approached the council recently with the residents' concerns, and contacted Vice Mayor Avery Johnson with additional  information and photographs.

Abraham said her issues are with speeding, property damage and motorists using the neighborhood to avoid traffic signals from Highway 11 (North Ocoee Street) to reach APD 40 via 25th Street.

Her photos displayed recent damage she said was caused by a driver who wrecked and who was charged with driving while intoxicated.

She said this was not a one-time event, and that she and her neighbors have been replacing damaged property on a fairly regular basis.

She added that many of the residents are retired and on fixed incomes. "For them, this becomes especially expensive after repeated abuse," she said. 

"Just two months ago, someone hit my mailbox, and my next-door neighbor has replaced five mailboxes in less than a year," she continued. "I've replaced three in just over a year. I've straightened out several of these same mailboxes that were dented. " 

Abraham said she has talked with Public Works Manager Tommy Myers and City Engineer Brian Gilbert to request speed bumps, a four-way traffic stop at Julian and McIntire drives, and signage halting trucks with three or more axles from rerouting through the neighborhood.

She said other residential neighborhoods have such safety measures for traffic.

Abraham said she is employed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and  regularly witnesses damage on Interstate 24, Interstate 75, and other major state routes.

She said recent damage in her neighborhood indicates to her that a vehicle that crashed there was traveling at interstate speeds. "Mailboxes were thrown over 100 feet (and) a street sign was sheared off horizontally and vertically, and thrown over 40 feet."

Speaking for residents of the subdivision, she added there is a church playground adjacent to Julian Drive which does not have a fence. She said many children, young adults, and retirees walk along the street for exercise. "We also have wildlife we love, and do not want molested," she said. "It is one of the charms of the Sullivan addition. We desperately need speed control to discourage speeding vehicles." 

She added that they urgently request a four-way stop at Julian and McIntire, which has long been a two-way stop. She said it's been a two-way stop for 55 years, since she was a small child.  

"Last of all, we need signage to stop commercial traffic from using our neighborhood as as an alternative route to circumvent traffic lights," she said.

 "The city police cannot enforce the speeds if there is no signage.  City streets were never designed to take this amount of traffic, or weight class of traffic."

Abraham added that cleanup from the most recent accidents has been somewhat delayed by extremely cold weather.


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Abraham said her issues are with speeding, property damage and motorists using the neighborhood to avoid traffic signals from Highway 11 (North Ocoee Street) to reach APD 40 via 25th Street.


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