Camera images show how 11 vehicles – including a police van – collide with steel poles in just four weeks.
The Watford residential road was narrowed down to just 2 meters ten years ago with two 6-foot posts on either side. prevent trucks from using the road as a shortcut.
Residents say they have been going to the municipality for ten years with a request to adjust the width restriction.
Resident Tim Vigor, who said hundreds of cars and vans have crashed since then, decided to set up cameras to capture the past month’s incidents to show how bad the problem is.
His footage captures unconscious drivers at the exact moment their vehicle hits the bollards in Woodmere Avenue, Watford.
Vehicle after vehicle collides with the curb and bollards in nearly identical ways.
Some vehicles approach the narrow lane with speed while others crawl through it – but they all find themselves in the same situation, when they climb the passenger-side curb and are stopped in their tracks by the traffic bollard.
This causes all vehicles on their passenger side to bounce from the impact – with one of the cars doing so with such force that smoke comes out of the hood.
The steel bollards are approximately 2 feet high and spaced 7 feet apart to prevent truck drivers from using the road as a shortcut
In the past four weeks, 11 vehicles have collided with the bollards, including the one with the wheel torn off
Video clips show multiple vehicles crashing into the steel bollards in Woodmere Avenue, Watford
Watford Council said a seven-foot width restriction was first introduced at Woodmere Avenue in March 1980.
However, the council said the width restrictions were damaged and reinforced poles were installed in February 2011 to “withstand vehicular strikes and reduce maintenance costs.”
The council said these posts would restrict “any vehicle more than 2 meters wide.”
The bollards were initially 1.3 meters high, but were reduced to 73 cm in 2011.
In the past four weeks, 11 vehicles, including a police van, have crashed on the island and steel bollards have been designed to limit the width of the road.
Vigor, a 52-year-old truck driver, shared the videos to a local Facebook group, which has received hundreds of likes and comments on social media, with users raising concerns about who is at fault.
Councilors and road officials have reportedly visited the site, but little is being done, Vigor said.
Mr Vigor said today: ‘What they did when they changed this width restriction is they put the posts directly in line with the curb.
“They didn’t set them back from the curb, six inches or so into the sidewalk.
“My neighbor has a curb, so as cars approach the width restriction, they don’t know if they’re on the road or sidewalk.
“So as you approach, if you’re standing on the sidewalk, the first thing you know when you drive up the first curb, straight into the post. That’s why all vehicles depart on one side.’
The image shows what motorists would see as they approach the narrowing restrictions at Woodmere Avenue. A sign on the left says that vehicles wider than 2.70 meters are not allowed through
In the past four weeks, 11 vehicles, including a police van, have crashed on the island and steel bollards have been designed to limit the width of the road
Vehicle after vehicle collides with the curb and bollards in nearly identical ways
Some vehicles approach the narrow lane with speed while others crawl through it – but they all end up in the same situation, as they climb the passenger side curb and are stopped in their tracks by the traffic bollard
This causes all vehicles on their passenger side to bounce from the impact – with one of the cars doing so with such force that smoke comes out of the hood
The area was visited on September 21 by Hertfordshire County Councilor Stephen Cavinder and Dave Swan of the borough’s Highways Department.
A spokesperson for Hertfordshire County Council said: ‘The width restrictions on Woodmere Avenue are there to discourage drivers, particularly of large and heavy vehicles, from using this residential road as a through route, while allowing buses to use the road normally.
“We are aware that some local residents are not happy with the width restriction and we have revised and improved the white lines and signage around the restriction to ensure drivers are well aware of the upcoming width restriction.
“There are also two other routes to Woodmere Avenue, with no width restrictions, for vehicles that are too wide or for drivers who, for whatever reason, choose not to go through the width restriction.
“The location does not meet the criteria for inclusion in our safety engineering program, and drivers must take responsibility for knowing the width of their vehicle and navigating the restriction at a safe speed.
“Officials continue to engage with stakeholders to consider options and the reported issues at this location.”
Mr Vigor added: ‘It is absolutely ridiculous. I started recording it because in three days there were five accidents – five major ones.
“Every day there is something in my driveway because every day something bumps into it.
“A van went through and scratched the wheel arch but I bet the damage is still £100-£150. That’s about ten every day.
“No one will stop because it’s just a scratch, but even if it causes £500 in damage every day – not counting the major crashes and the cars being written off – in ten years that’s about £1.3 million in just minor incidents. ‘