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Asphalt Speed Bumps and Humps

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If you want to slow down traffic on your driveway, parking area, or road, installing asphalt speed bumps or humps is an excellent solution. These areas of raised pavement are designed to enhance safety in areas where pedestrians and cyclists are likely to travel, such as parks, neighborhoods, schools, private roads, and neighborhood streets. Asphalt speed bumps and humps help to keep streets peaceful by reducing the chance and severity of accidents caused by fast-moving vehicles. They can also help mitigate noise pollution and damage to pavement.

When you need to install speed bumps or humps in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties, contact Southern Asphalt Engineering, South Florida’s premier asphalt service provider.

Asphalt Speed Humps and Bumps Help Keep People Safe

Asphalt speed bumps can help control traffic flow by creating an obstacle for vehicles. The raised profile of the bump also visually alerts motorists to use caution and abide by the posted speed limit. They can help to prevent collisions by slowing the pace of traffic in densely populated areas where vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians share the road.

Composition of Asphalt Speed Bumps and Humps

Asphalt speed bumps and humps are usually made from some combination of asphalt, concrete, and vulcanized rubber or plastic. Their dimensions depend on their application; for instance, a residential street may need a different kind of speed bump or hump than a school parking lot.

Speed Bump and Hump Applications

Speed bumps and humps may vary in size, type, and composition according to their use case. They are typically installed on roads and in parking lots and driveways.

Road Speed Bumps and Humps

Parabolic bumps have a rounded design that minimizes harsh transitions as cars pass over them. They are generally used to help slow down traffic on streets and roads. Specialized crossing bumps may encourage vehicles to slow or stop down as they approach a crosswalk.

Road speed humps usually have several feet of travel length (the span of the hump is parallel to the direction of the road) and are three to four inches tall. They are intended for public roads, residential streets, and school zones with 10–15 mph speed limits.

Driveway and Parking Lot Speed Bumps and Humps

Both speed bumps and speed humps can be installed in parking lots, garages, and driveways to reduce vehicle speeds. Parking lot speed bumps often feature plateaued designs that have a flat top. While slow-moving drivers can pass over them quickly, they are less effective than parabolic bumps at slowing down vehicles. Speed humps have a broad surface area and low profile that facilitate a slow, continuous flow of traffic.

Asphalt Speed Bumps and Humps FAQs

What Is a Speed Bump?

A speed bump is a traffic control module engineered to safely reduce vehicle speeds while maintaining a continuous traffic flow on public roads and in parking and loading areas. Parking lot speed bumps, driveway speed bumps, and road speed bumps are prevalent types of speed control devices.

What Is the Recommended Size of an Asphalt Speed Bump?

Speed bumps are generally three to six inches high and one to three feet wide. Their length can vary depending on their location and use case.

What Is the Recommended Distance between Speed Bumps?

Speed bumps are typically spaced 20 to 30 feet apart.

Does Florida Have Any Speed Bump Regulations?

In Florida, city governments and transportation departments generally provide guidelines and set speed bump regulations. These speed bump regulations typically dictate each device’s size, shape, and spacing and make provisions for lighting and signage.

What Are the Advantages of Using Asphalt for Speed Humps and Bumps?

The advantages of using asphalt for speed humps and bumps include:

  • An ability to withstand weathering and heavy use
  • Longevity and ease of repair
  • Gentler on vehicles than speed control devices made from concrete or metal
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Cost control

Where Are Speed Bumps Needed Most?

You should install speed bumps or speed humps wherever speeding traffic could pose a safety hazard to pedestrians, cyclists, and other drivers. Parking lot speed bumps are helpful in commercial spaces and school areas that experience heavy traffic at certain times of the day.

How Do Speed Bumps and Speed Humps Differ?

Speed bumps and humps are both intended to slow down traffic, but they are designed differently. Speed humps have a broader span and lower height than speed bumps. They are frequently installed on residential streets and are generally consistently sized. Speed bumps are usually used on more minor roadways, and parking lot speed bumps are used in parking lots. Their dimensions are dependent on their use case.

When Should I Install a Speed Hump Instead of a Speed Bump?

A speed hump is typically installed where traffic needs to flow slowly but smoothly with minimal stops. Speed humps create a gentle incline for vehicles to pass over, which can reduce jarring, vibration, and the chance of causing damage.

Why Are Speed Bumps Black and Yellow?

Black and yellow-striped speed bumps help make roads safer by ensuring high visibility.

Where Can Your Company Install Speed Bumps and Humps?

Speed bumps and humps can be installed in paved areas that are zoned for low-speed driving. These areas may include roads, streets, lots near schools, industrial parks, shopping centers, hospitals, government buildings, universities, community centers, bus stations, and more. Other areas may include parking garages and privately owned roads and driveways.

What Type of Ground Are Speed Bumps and Humps Installed In?

Speed bumps are typically installed in asphalt and concrete.

What Makes Asphalt Speed Humps and Bumps Durable?

Asphalt speed humps and bumps are engineered to be weather- and chemical-resistant. These qualities reduce wear and tear and contribute to longevity.

How Long Do Asphalt Speed Humps and Bumps Last?

Asphalt speed control devices can withstand the elements and last for several years. They can be permanently installed or made for temporary use.

How Fast Should You Drive Over a Speed Bump?

Vehicles should reduce their speed to 5 mph or less when crossing over a speed bump. Faster speeds may cause damage to a vehicle’s tires, steering, shocks, alignment, undercarriage, and bumpers.

Does Southern Asphalt Engineering Maintain and Repair Speed Bumps and Humps?

Southern Asphalt Engineering can help maintain and repair your speed bumps and humps according to your local speed bump regulations. Commonly required updates include repainting or signage replacements that will bring these speed control devices into compliance.

Southern Asphalt Engineering Installs Speed Bumps and Humps in Florida

When you need to install speed bumps or humps in South Florida, the experts at Southern Asphalt Engineering can help. We also provide asphalt and paving services for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Our company is dedicated to helping you comply with all speed bump regulations while providing the highest quality products and customer care. Contact us today to learn more about our services and receive a free quote.

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