City of Detroit removes homemade speed bump

City says speed bumps not allowed on streets

DETROIT – The speed bump is gone on Eastburn Street in Detroit. 

It existed for the better part of three years. 

"It takes teamwork to make the dream work," said Carmen Hill, who lives in a home on the street. 

The bump even showed up on Google Earth. Some residents, such as Hill, appreciated the reasons behind its installation. 

"I like the speed bump. Why? Because it kept people from flying through the area," she said. 

However, the auto parts found strewn across the nearby grass speak to the practical matter of why some in the neighborhood, such as Letetia Walker, hated the raised asphalt. 

"They should have never put it down anyway," she said. 

Drivers conditioned to slow down

Well, on Monday, Local 4 found drivers who were conditioned to slowing down on Eastburn Street still doing so, even though the city sent a crew out on Friday to grind it down to level pavement. 

Hill saw the Local 4 story which aired last week and was amazed by the city's response. 

"In less than 24 hours they came and removed it. I was surprised because they came so fast," she said. 

Hill said there are a lot of children and pets in the neighborhood, which is why she's not so happy to see it disappear. 

"Yeah, because now they're not gonna slow down," she said. 

Walker, meanwhile, is happy to see it gone. 

"(The street) is better because it was tearing up peoples' cars. They didn't know it was there, but it's much better that it's gone."

City: Speed bumps not allowed

The city said a speed bump on a city street is unacceptable because it's a liability issue. People could get injured in accidents, which is why no speed bump was installed when residents asked for one. They did it themselves. 

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