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Frequently Asked Questions

 

Who do I need to contact about my vehicle being towed?

L. W.’s Towing

http://www.lwstowing.com

15020 King Rd, Frisco, TX 75034
(972) 625-8500

Does Providence Village have weather sirens?

Not at this time. Civil defense sirens are a World War II era mechanism initially designed to warn individuals who were outdoors to go indoors in preparation for an impending air raid. In the 1950s these sirens multiplied across the country as the first line of defense against nuclear fallout during the cold war. Once again, the primary function of the sirens was to warn those out of doors to go indoors. Today many populated areas continue to utilize this legacy technology as a weather signal to warn those who are outdoors to go indoors. These sirens were not designed to be heard indoors, particularly with improvements in modern insulation and building materials, nor do they provide useful information about an impending threat. In fact, most weather emergency plans suggest that, once indoors, you utilize traditional local media sources and NOAA weather radios for additional information about the potential threat. Sirens require manual activation, are susceptible to lightning damage and other malfunctions, and are cost prohibitive to install and maintain. Additionally, evolving technology by cellular providers and NOAA will automate wireless emergency alerts to cell phones across the nation in the near future as part of their “Weather-Ready Nation” program, which is currently being piloted in 14 states. These messages will produce an audible and vibration alert, display the type and time of the alert, as well as recommended actions and will be broadcast by cellular towers, giving you additional peace of mind while on the go.

In lieu of warning sirens at this time, the Town recommends that you sign-up to receive storm warnings through the Code Red system and that you consider the use of a portable NOAA weather radio in conjunction with traditional local media outlets (local TV channels 4, 5, 8 and 11), internet radar (such as: weather.gov or weather.com) and smart phone apps (such as: American Red Cross, The Weather Channel) or TXT msg alerts.

Are pocket bikes (or mini bikes) street legal in Texas?

No, they may not be operated on roads, alleys or sidewalks.  They may only be utilized on private property.  For additional information please visit:

https://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/2005/pr052005a.htm

Can speed bumps be installed on my residential street?

The Town of Providence Village does not allow speed bumps / humps to be installed on any public street. The Fire Department, Law Enforcement, and Engineers have considered them in the past and, in fact, had them installed in problem areas.  In short, they are a hindrance to emergency vehicles, cities have been held liable for damage caused by them, they do not always have the intended effect (because some people will speed up between them), and they are very divisive within neighborhoods.  Some residents on a street will want them, but others will not, and residents of nearby streets will not want traffic diverted to their street.  Studies have shown that for the humps to be effective, several must be installed on a street at a specific distance apart, which impacts more residents and further slows down emergency vehicles (it is estimated that each hump delays emergency vehicles 10 seconds or more).

Can we lower the speed limit on my street or alley?

The Texas Transportation Code states that “an operator may not drive at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances then existing”. Therefore, regardless of the posted speed limit, every driver has a duty to drive at a reasonable and safe speed for the conditions at that time.

All roadways in Texas have a default speed limit called the prima facie limit based on the type of roadway. This applies to residential streets (30 mph), alleys (15 mph), interstates (70 mph), etc.  For residential streets, state law does allow the Town Council to reduce the prima facie limit to 25 mph by Ordinance and then post the speed limit, making it effective.  The Town Council has done this on the residential streets of Providence Village.  State law does not allow the residential speed limit to be set lower than 25 mph, nor does it allow the speed limit to be set lower than 15 mph on alleys.

Can the speed limit be lowered on FM 2931?

The Texas Department of Transportation sets the speed limit on FM 2931.  They will periodically conduct an engineering and traffic investigation, which typically involves a survey of actual motorist speeds during free flow conditions. The survey provides the 85th percentile speed, which is the speed at or below which 85% of the motorists are traveling. The speed limit is typically then set within 5 mph of the 85th percentile speed. The speed limit can be adjusted slightly to account for sight distance restrictions, accident history, presence of driveways, and other factors. Setting the speed limit close to the 85th percentile speed ensures that the speed limit reflects the speed that the majority of drivers consider to be reasonable and prudent based on the conditions.

Residents often request that speed limits be lowered with the expectation that this will lower traffic speeds. However, studies have shown that most people drive at the speed they are comfortable with for the given conditions regardless of the posted speed limit. There is little or no significant change in speeds following the posting of a revised speed limit. This is true whether the speed limit is increased or decreased. Also, safety is not improved by establishing unreasonably low speed limits, since this only encourages more variation in vehicle speeds, leading to more conflicts.

Can parking be prohibited on my residential street?

Residential streets are designed to be a compromise between providing parking, allowing emergency access, and preventing traffic from driving too fast in front of homes. Residential streets need to be narrow to discourage people from speeding in front of people’s homes, yet they need to be wide enough to allow emergency vehicles to drive past cars that are parked on the street. It is important to note that residential streets are not intended to be wide enough to guarantee that traffic can flow in both directions at the same time.

 

The narrowest residential streets in Providence Village are wide enough to have cars parked on both sides of the street and still provide a minimum of 10 feet between them (and more room is usually available when people have done a good job of parking). Passenger cars are 6 feet wide and fire trucks are 8 feet wide, so each can travel between the parked cars. Forcing cars to take turns traveling in each direction on a residential street is not considered to be a problem that needs to be corrected. In fact, this is a natural way to slow down traffic on a residential street (which people are often worried about).

Beyond the situations described above, it is not legal to park within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, in a crosswalk, or within 5 feet of a mailbox, Monday thru Saturday between the hours of 8am and 6pm.

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