‘Ridiculous’ speed bumps anger Rainier neighbors

Speed bumps line only road in and out of Deer Pointe Meadows trailer park

Residents of Deer Pointe Meadows trailer park are angered over large speed bumps in the area, June 26, 2017. (KOIN)

RAINIER, Ore. (KOIN) — Navigating speed bumps isn’t always an easy thing to do, but in Rainier, a stretch of bumps is creating serious tension between the person who put them in and the residents who have to drive over them everyday.

The speed bumps line the only road in and out of Deer Pointe Meadows trailer park.

“The height of the speed bumps is ridiculous, the spacing is ridiculous,” Bill Blood, who lives in the area, said. “It’s causing a lot of damage to a lot of people’s cars.”

Frances Frakes and her husband are afraid the undercarriage of their RV will be ruined if they drive over speed bumps in Rainier, June 26, 2017. (KOIN)

Frances Frakes said she and her husband sold their home, retired and parked their RV in the trailer park in March. But they didn’t plan on staying this long.

“We’re more or less trapped here,” Frakes said. “It’s terrible.”

The retiree said she worries the bumps will rip apart the undercarriage of her RV.

“We’re just stranded until we can get something done,” she said.

But it turns out the single road in and out of the trailer park is actually private property. It belongs to Don Campbell, who told KOIN 6 News people used to speed up and down the stretch of road all the time. Late last year, Campbell said his daughter was nearly hit by a car while she was playing outside. He said that was what prompted him to get the speed bumps put in place.

Residents of Deer Pointe Meadows trailer park are angered over large speed bumps in the area, June 26, 2017. (KOIN)

Residents said they’ve reached out to Columbia County commissioners and even state representatives, asking that the bumps be done away with. But so far, they haven’t had any luck. For now, the bumps will have to remain part of their routine.

What happens next will come down to whether Campbell and the mobile home park owner can come to some kind of agreement. KOIN 6 News reached out to the mobile home park owner for comment on the issue, but has not yet heard back.