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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Speeding has become a problem in West Lafayette's Bar Barry Heights neighborhood. It's prompted police to place speed signs along a particular street.
"There's been quite a few of them go through here," said Rick McCormick. "Just shooting down the road. I'm talking 50 miles per hour or better."
McCormick has seen his fair share of drivers speeding in front of his Kent Avenue home. Despite signs with a posted speed limit of 25 miles per hour, McCormick said the street is a main shortcut.
"People just don't seem to pay attention and the street is kind of lined with trees so you can't see the kids if they do dart out into the street," McCormick said.
Mike Hancock said work on Soldiers Home Road and signal changes on Salisbury Street have only added to the problem.
"There are no speed humps here," said Hancock. "So, they can and do use it as a straightaway."
McCormick said it's made Kent Avenue and Henderson Street more like a race track.
"It's a concern because we've got kids across the street and down here," said McCormick. "A lot of people walk and bike ride through this area."
To help with the problem, West Lafayette police have added two signs. One with a reminder of the speed limit and another to let drivers know how fast they're going.
Vicki Zwier said it gives her piece of mind when she's jogging outside her Henderson Street home.
"I think it's a good reminder for people to slow down," said Zwier. "There are kids in this neighborhood. There are kids biking to and from school."
McCormick is also happy about the signs, but police say those are only staying for another week. He's skeptical drivers will slow down, even after Soldier's Home Road construction ends.
"That will probably help the traffic flow, but we still get people speeding up and down this road even before that," said McCormick.
West Lafayette police have also increased patrols in the area as a way to cut down on speeding.