Short cut's high speeds worry family on south side

WTMJ News Team

Short cut's high speeds worry family on south side

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED Aug 15, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 15, 2012

MILWAUKEE- When traffic planners plopped a four-lane street in the middle of a residential neighborhood, they're just begging for complaints about speeding.

Michael Hafemann and his family live in that area on Milwaukee's south side.  "The slowest out here is probably 35 to 45 miles per hour," said Hafemann.

Lakefield Drive is a diagonal street cutting from S. 27th St. and W. Morgan Ave. to S. 35th St. and W. Oklahoma Ave.

With no stop lights, it's a popular route for drivers looking to save time.

"There's a curve out there and I don't know if they think the curve is like a racetrack," Hafemann said.

The wide street, fast corner and reputation as a shortcut combine to make drivers think they can ignore the 30 mile per hour limit.

"We don't let the kids play outside for the simple fact if a ball goes in the street doing 35, 40 miles an hour, cars aren't going to be able to stop," he said.

Police have put one of their mobile radar signs on Lakefield Drive, but it's had no effect.

So Michael and his family are hopeful Speedbusters can get the word out and convince drivers cutting through their neighborhood to slow it down.