HUNTERSVILLE – Commissioners unanimously backed a plan to install three new speed humps along Sherwood Drive after residents complained of heavy traffic and speeding drivers.

The board approved the asphalt speed bumps Monday, March 21. The speed deterrent devices will cost about $5,000 and crews will install them about 600 feet apart, the length that seems to have the best effect of slowing drivers down, said town Traffic Engineer Justin Carroll said.

The road, which is used as a cut-through and primary drop-off route for Huntersville Elementary School, already has two speed humps and a stop sign, but residents said the road has become too dangerous for walkers and children.

Huntersville police also picked up patrols along the road. In the 10 days before the meeting, Chief Phil Potter said officers issued eight speeding tickets and two stop-sign violations.