Port Richey neighbors, paving company put speed bumps in without permission

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA) – If you hit one of Port Richey’s speed bumps just right, you could lose a muffler.

One of the bumps is built more like a curb. There are 3 of them along James Street.

Neighbors told News Channel 8 speeding is a problem. “If somebody’s gonna take it upon themselves to take up the expense and save their neighbors from grief, more power to ’em,” Karen Garton said.

Pennsylvania company Cooper Paving installed the speed bumps. Neighbor Eric Barlow caught the pavers in the act with his security system.

“You take it upon yourself in a public road; it’s crazy,” Barlow said.

In the video, you can see the machinery moving in and then a truck with the Cooper paving logo passes by.

Barlow insisted we not show his face because of death threats. “You have to come to almost a stop or you’re gonna tear something loose on your car or knock it out of line. You’re gonna take a heck of a bump,” Barlow said.

On Barlow’s video, News Channel 8 saw neighbor Randy Reese talking to the paving crew.

Reese wasn’t thrilled with our camera. “That don’t mean I done it,” he said.

He ducked into his house.

It is illegal to install speed bumps on a public road on your own.

“We’re going to, unfortunately, going to have to take that out because it’s just a dangerous the way it was put in for people. It’s not marked. And there’s a process in place,” Pasco County spokesman Doug Tobin said.

An irate Cooper Paving spokesman told News Channel 8 she did it for free after neighbors asked. The spokesperson said she heard the neighbors had gotten the needed permits to put the speed bumps in.

They did not.

A public works crew take the bumps out when the workload allows.

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