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Last week, Sialene Wilcox asked the City of Covington for speed bumps in front of her Rose Street home.
It's important, she said in a petition with 86 signatures, because speeding cars are a danger to the many children playing in the neighborhood.
"I've seen so many children dash out in the street from the ages of two and up … not paying attention," she said. "The biggest problem is the speeding cars not able to stop in time."
Further, said Wilcox, there is a sign on the street that tells drivers to expect a speed bump even though there isn't one there.
"I rode out there and there are a lot of children playing," police chief Buddy Lewis said. "We'll get out there and run radar to try to slow people down."
The speed bump was removed when repairs to the sewer system began, city officials, but they're working on putting them back.
Though last week the public works committee decided to install rubberized speed bumps that would be easier on cars than their asphalt counterparts, on Tuesday, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to install the asphalt bumps instead.
"The asphalt is a temporary fix because we're in a hurry," alderman Tommy Black said. "The streets are in such disarray and it's more economical to put the asphalt down and take it back up when we redo the streets."
The installation of the rubberized bumps require boring, he said, which is time-consuming.
The cost of the asphalt bumps is estimated at $3,439 compared to $18,306 for a three-foot wide rubberized bump and $5,616 for a one-foot wide rubberized bump.
"The asphalt is something we can do immediately, because this is an immediate concern," Black said.

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