Speed Bumps effective on Elm Dr

A new speed “cushion” was installed last year on Elm Drive to stop motorists speeding around the steep curve below the racecourse. Drivers quickly made their own detour around the cushion, but new bollards were soon installed to prevent further damage to the popular walking and running track.

Speed bumps along Elm Drive in Tumut have been unpopular with a variety of residents for a variety of reasons, mostly because they do exactly what they’re supposed to – they turn an otherwise speedy and scenic drive into a frustrating series of stop-starts. 

With frequent use, some of the speed humps have now worn down, while others are being by-passed by hoons. The Snowy Valleys Council said it’s on top of both issues.

“Motorists going around speed bumps has been an issue at other locations in the past and bollards will be installed where required to stop this practice,” said a SVC spokesperson.

“There are also plans to repair the wear and tear on the speed cushions.

“The speed humps have been an effective deterrent to the previous high speeds seen along the road.”

Horse trainer Kerry Weir is more heavily impacted by the speed bumps than most, having to pass through several on his way to and from his house and stables.

“They’re necessary, but I think there’s too many of them,” said Mr Weir. 

“Some afternoons down here it’s a speedway; the cars, before they put [the speed bumps] in, were doing 100ks sometimes.”

Mr Weir said motorists had been going around several of the cushions, but the main speed bumps were effective, with bollards either side keeping traffic on the road.

His overall impression was that the speed bumps were doing a good job, but that it could be better.

“A couple of them are sort of in the wrong place,” he said.

“There’s a big long straight from the old house near the stables – it’s a straight stretch of road – and that’s where they go flat out between the two speed humps.”

Mr Weir said the majority of the other speed humps were located on corners where most drivers already slow down. He said he didn’t know the reasoning behind the location of the cushions, but felt that the road could use fewer of them and more strategic locations for those that are necessary.

“Everyone is [glad they’re there], to be honest,” he said.

“They just could have spread them out a bit more.”