From the past week or so, some indigenous make in Belagavi style speed humps (of Pavers) or speed breakers are under construction at First Gate and also the second gate on Congress road.
A speed hump before the First gate Junction makes some sense so that traffic moving from the Gate onto Congress road has easy access but why do we need one hump after crossing the T junction at First gate.
The Traffic moving from Gogte Circle towards the second gate is already slow at the first Hump before the Gate, now why do you need one more hump to make a queue of vehicles there.
The same applies to the other side as well, there is one near the sweet mart. The one before the Roy road junction can be justified but the one ahead is useless and makes no sense at all.
We are still not sure who gave this brilliant smart idea of the hump at all these locations.
As per the law, Speed Breakers must be used only in urban areas for minor roads and residential areas. Speed Breakers are NOT recommended on high-speed roads or highways outside urban limits.
There are many locations at which speed breakers should be installed so that speeding can be avoided which will also help in the smooth flow of traffic.
As per the Indian Road Congress guidelines, dated 12 June 1987, speed breakers must be placed on minor roads, only as follows:
Use of speed breakers is justified only in the following 3 circumstances:
1. T-intersections of minor roads with rural trunk highways, characterized by relatively low track volumes on the minor road but very high average operating speed
and poor sight distances. Such locations have a high record of fatal accidents and as such a speed breaker on the minor road is recommended;
2. Intersections of minor roads with major roads, and mid-block sections in urban areas where it is desirable to bring down the speeds; and
3. Selected local streets in residential areas, schools, colleges or university campuses, hospitals, etc. Also in areas where traffic is observed to travel faster than the
regulated or safe speed in the area.
Other places where these may be used include:
1. Any situation where there is a consistent record of accidents primarily attributed to the speed of the vehicles e.g. when hazardous sections follow a long tangent approach;
2. Approaches to temporary diversions;
3. Approaches to weak or narrow bridges and culverts requiring speed restriction for safety;
4. On the minor arms of uncontrolled junctions and at railway level crossings;
5. Sharp curves with poor sight distances; and
6. Places of ribbon development, where the road passes through built-up areas and vehicles traveling at high speeds are a source of imminent danger to pedestrians.
What are the specifications for ideal speed breakers?
The Indian Roads Congress has suggested that speed breakers are formed basically by providing a rounded (of 17-meter radius) hump of 3.7-meter width and 0.10-meter height for the preferred Advisory crossing speed of 25 km/h for general traffic. It is mentioned that more humps be constructed at regular intervals depending on the desired speed and acceleration/deceleration characteristics of vehicles and that the distance between one hump to another can vary from 100 to 120 meters center to center.