Drivers will soon be getting more feedback on their speed as Lantana officials recently approved purchasing more radar feedback signs.
The two fresh water district boards at their joint meeting in June agreed to acquire two portable speed feedback signs at a cost of $2,651 per unit. The digital signs display drivers’ speeds and collect data such as average speed and traffic volume.
The signs are mounted below existing speed limit signs and can be moved to different locations as needed. Lantana currently has four speed feedback signs; two on Lantana Trail and a pair on Stacee Lane. Stacee Lane is two lanes and feeds traffic to Blanton Elementary School and Harpool Middle School.
Lantana General Manager Kevin Mercer’s original request was to purchase four signs. He explained that the existing radar signs were too heavy to easily relocate on a regular basis. The new units weigh 30 pounds each, Mercer said, compared to the four existing signs that are 75 pounds each.
“The large radar signs we have now are so difficult to move and relocate that we decided to go out and look and see if there were some smaller ones that would be more appropriate to use within a neighborhood,” explained Mercer.
He named several subdivisions where speeding was a concern, including Bellaire, Bandera, Larkspur and Wimberley. Board member Andrew Kloser suggested starting out with two signs to see how easy they would be to move to needed locations.
“We can easily find homes for four, but we can start with two,” Mercer said.