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Lathrop residents push for speed humps
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This is what a speed hump looks like. - photo by Photo Contributed

Residents on Pine Valley Drive are tired of people speeding down their street.
And next week, if the Lathrop City Council agrees to circumvent the traditional step structure of the city’s traffic calming program, they could soon get the relief they’re seeking in the form of speed humps.
After more than two months of first step compliance measures have failed to yield the results that residents are looking for, Lathrop’s city staff is bringing the matter to the council for their consideration and recommendation to bypass the next level of compliance measures since residents have specifically asked for the installation of speed humps.
The Lathrop City Council, which meets on the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at Lathrop City Hall – located at 390 Towne Centre Drive – will consider the proposal when they next meet on Monday, March. 12.
The traffic calming program, which is “intended to mitigate the concerns in a systematic and efficient manner and help prevent unintended consequences, such as redirecting traffic to other areas,” traditionally incorporates and traffic calming measures that have implemented successfully in other communities throughout the region.
Currently there are Level 1 traffic calming measures being utilized along Pine Valley Drive in accordance with the program – including increased police presence and the deployment of a radar trailer – but none have been successful in achieving the desired result after a 60-day period.
Residents along the stretch of Pine Valley Drive that will be affected by the speed humps, which runs between Prairie Dunes Drive and Oakhill Street, have submitted a petition that includes signatures from 70 percent of the properties that directly face the targeted area. In order to qualify for Level 3 traffic calming measures, which speed humps fall under, a petition with at least 50 percent of affected homeowners is required. The speed humps would control traffic along Pine Valley Drive – which is part of a ring route that transforms into Clifford Drive, Silver Creek Drive, and Agusta Drive – to provide access to the innermost portions of Woodfield Estates.
Both the Lathrop-Manteca Fire District and Lathrop Police Services have signed off on the proposal by the city, and city staff is recommending that the council approve the residential request.
Funding for the proposal was approved as part of the 2017-19 fiscal budget as a capital improvement project dedicated specifically for traffic calming measures and the installation of approved speed humps.
For additional information about the proposal, or to read the staff report that has been prepared for council consideration, visit the City of Lathrop’s website at

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.