Speed bumps get heave-ho

BAR HARBOR — Everyone “hated” the speed bumps on the entrance drive at Mount Desert Island High School, according to Principal Matt Haney. So, when the drive was rebuilt this summer, school officials decided not to put them back.

That turns out to have been a good decision – so far, at least – according to Haney and Superintendent Howard Colter.

“We weren’t convinced that they are a deterrent [to speeding], and most kids don’t misuse their cars,” Colter told the high school trustees last week. “Those who do can lose their privileges to drive. But I think the word will get out to kids that we want them to be responsible.”

Haney said most students do drive responsibly on school grounds.

“I’m not seeing anything dangerous,” he said.

There used to be a couple of speed bumps on the entrance drive between Eagle Lake Road and the school building, and then a couple more in front of the building. Haney said that because most students now parks in the lot between the gym and the baseball field, relatively few drive in front of the school to the rear parking lot.

“There’s not that much traffic back and forth out there,” he said.

Another factor in the decision not to replace the speed bumps was that they “really don’t help with snow plowing,” Colter said.

He told the trustees that the paving contractor, K.J. Dugas Construction Company of Surry, did an excellent job and brought the project in “on budget and on time.”

The cost was about $298,000.



Dick Broom

Dick Broom

Reporter at Mount Desert Islander
Dick Broom covers the towns of Mount Desert and Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island High School and the school system board and superintendent's office. He enjoys hiking with his golden retriever and finding new places for her to swim. [email protected]

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