WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — What a difference five miles an hour can make. On Friday, Windsor Heights put up the new speed limit signs, solidifying the change from 25 mph to 30 mph on University Avenue.
Residents hope that the change in the speed limit will help their town’s reputation.
“I guess it’s good that they raised it a little bit, only because people have been griping about it forever. This has always been a speed trap ever since the horse and buggy days,” said Michele Hillaker.
“It would create a lot of hard feelings about Windsor Heights,” said Mary Neiderbach.
Neiderbach hopes the change will help their small businesses.
“People would call it ‘radar heights.’ Some people would never go to the Hy-Vee or this wonderful coffee shop right here because they didn’t want to get caught in the speed limit,” she said.
The next thing residents are curious about are the speed cameras. There had been talk of removing the cameras prior to the speed limit change.
“It doesn’t bother me having the speed cameras because honestly I think it keeps people a little bit more honest,” said Hillaker.
The cameras trigger when a car goes 11 mph over the speed limit. Residents we spoke with say now that the number is 41 mph, they are content to wait and address it later.
“I think it’s fine to leave it for a while and see how it does work. There’s nothing wrong with monitoring what happens and see how it goes,” said Neiderbach.
The cameras are estimated to bring in about $1.47 million in revenue in fiscal year 2018-2019.
When it comes to the money from the speed cameras, a million dollars of that is earmarked for street repairs, and a little over $300,000 is used to help purchase equipment.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — The City of Windsor Heights is letting drivers go a little bit faster down a busy road.
As of noon Friday, the speed limit on University Avenue in Windsor Heights was increased.
The speed limit was changed from 25 mph to 30 mph.
On Monday, the city council approved the change, and the signs were changed out Friday morning.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — A high-speed chase came to an end with a crash, injuries and an arrest in Windsor Heights on Wednesday afternoon.
Des Moines Police say it started when a 20-year old man from Des Moines was over at E. 14th and I-235. When officers tried to take the driver into custody on outstanding warrants, the suspect took off. He lead police on a pursuit across the city to the intersection of 73rd Street and University Avenue when the suspect crashed into a minivan. The driver of the van suffered minor injuries. The suspect driver took off on foot but was taken into custody.
“I heard the crash and seen parts from both vehicles fly all over the place this is pretty severe,” witness Randy Blackford said, “Not very good I came down to make sure the guy in the van was alright”.
The name of the suspects and victim have not been released.
WINDSOR HEIGHTS, Iowa — The city of Windsor Heights installed two speed cameras along the ten-block stretch of University Avenue in order to slow traffic and increase safety.
On Monday, city leaders took steps to increase traffic speeds.
The city approved the first steps to increase the speed limit on University Avenue between 63rd Street and 73rd Street from 25 mph to 30 mph.
“I’ve already been hit once on the corner of 70th and University and the guy never even stopped,” Vanessa Weese said.
Weese is visually impaired and lives on a busy stretch of University.
“A lot of times people are already speeding, and I am sure they are sorry because they get tickets,” Weese said.
According to the Windsor Heights Police Department, last year more than 30,000 speeding citations were issued to drivers going at least 11 miles per hour over the speed limit by either of the city’s two speed cameras.
“I knew I had to come through Windsor Heights, which I a lot of times avoid, due to the speed limit,” Clive resident Carole Voorhis said.
The Bake Shoppe on University Avenue hopes the increased speed limit draws more customers like Voorhis.
“It will increase our customer base. I don’t think we will have as many complaints from people when they do come in,” Mary Youngwirth said.
The speed limit in Windsor Heights has been 25 mph for more than 16 years, which Weese doesn’t want to see changed anytime soon.
“Really, is it that big of an inconvenience? Are they in that big of a hurry? Then they need to organize their lives a little better so they can leave earlier from home,” Weese said.
The city will take this up at the next city council meeting later in May. Redevelopment plans to add turn lanes on University Avenue are scheduled to begin April of 2020.