Ten cars and police van smashed into ‘traffic calming post’ in just FOUR weeks

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Ten cars and a police van have breached the “traffic calming post” as part of a new plan in just four weeks.

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The residential road in Watford, Herts, was narrowed to just 7 feet a decade ago with two 2-foot-high boulders to prevent HGVs using the road.

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The road is only 7 ft. narrowed toCredits: Deadline
many cars getting stuck

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many cars getting stuckCredits: Deadline
This car lost one of its tires due to restrictions

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This car lost one of its tires due to restrictionsCredits: Deadline

Local resident Tim Vigor says hundreds of cars and vans have crashed at the site – and have now installed cameras to show just how bad the problem is.

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Their footage shows the vehicle crashing into the curb and bollard.

Motorists try several different ways to get through the route, but each tends to clip the post.

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All vehicles filmed as a collision tend to bounce onto their passenger side due to the impact – one of the cars does so with such force that smoke shoots out of its bonnet.

Councilors and representatives from National Highways have reportedly visited the site but Tim says little is being done.

The 52-year-old HGV driver said: “What they did when they changed this width restriction was that they put the post directly in line with the curb.

“They didn’t put them back in the sidewalk in six inches or so.

“My next door neighbor has a drop curb so when the cars reach the width limit they don’t know whether they are on the road or on the sidewalk.

“So as soon as you approach, if you’re on the sidewalk, the first thing you know about it is when you first go straight into the post. So all the vehicles are landing on one side.”

He continued: “Every day something happens on my driveway because something hits every day.”

Watford Council stated that the width restriction of seven feet was first introduced in March 1980 at Woodmere Avenue.

The council stated that width restrictions sustained damage and hardened posts were established in 2011 to “resist vehicle strikes and reduce maintenance costs”.

The council said these posts would “prohibit any vehicle with a width exceeding 7 feet”.

The bollards were initially 1.3 meters long, but were reduced to 73 centimeters in 2011.

Drivers must take responsibility for knowing the width of their vehicle and navigating the restriction at a safe speed.

Hertfordshire County Council

The area was visited by Hertfordshire County Councilors Stephen Cavinder and Dave Swann from the Council’s Highways Department on 21 September.

But in the past four weeks, 11 vehicles, including a police van, have hit steel boulders on the island and road.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: “The width restrictions on Woodmere Avenue are intended to discourage drivers, especially large and heavy vehicles, from using this residential road as a route, while buses are normally allowed to operate. Road access is permitted.

“We are aware that some local residents are unhappy with the width restriction, and we reviewed and improved the white lines and signage around the restriction to ensure that drivers are well aware of the upcoming width restriction Is.

“There are also two other routes without width restrictions at Woodmere Avenue, for vehicles that are too wide or for drivers who choose not to go through the width restriction for any reason.

“The location does not meet the criteria for inclusion in our Safety Engineering program, and drivers must take responsibility for knowing the width of their vehicle and navigating the restriction at a safe speed.

“Officials continue to liaise with stakeholders to consider options and reported issues at this location.”

The council has restrictions to stop large vehicles using the road as a route.

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The council has restrictions to stop large vehicles using the road as a route.Credits: Deadline
The road is only 7 feet wide with boulders on both sides

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The road is only 7 feet wide with boulders on both sidesCredits: Deadline

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