"Then we'll be back to the Talladega Speedway, as some of our neighbors call it," he said.

Oliver said last month that the county's Department of Public Works was looking into the issue. On Wednesday, he said he believed the road is not problematic and questioned whether accidents have occurred recently.

"What the community has told you happened two or three years ago," he said. Before he could be asked to comment on the fact that there have been a number of more recent incidents, he abruptly ended a conversation with a reporter.

David Fidler, a county public works spokesman, expressed surprise at the number of accidents along the two miles of Windsor Mill Road — which he called "pretty high for that small stretch."

But Fidler said accident statistics along the road "have not triggered the Department of Public Works' traffic engineers to do a study."

Because Windsor Mill is a "feeder road" for highways in the area such as Interstate 70 — which has had its own history of dangerous drag racing — it "probably would not qualify" for other traffic-calming measures such as speed bumps, Fidler said.

"It's a matter of perspective," he said. "They're rightfully concerned about their community, but it may not merit the same level of concern from traffic engineers, and there's a limit to what public works can do about the design of roads."

Residents said they are frustrated by such explanations. At the least, more speed-limit signs could be installed, they said.

Dan Knott, a 25-year resident of the street, said that "it has always been bad, but in recent years, it has gotten worse."

Not long ago, a truck came barreling through the neighborhood, "pulverized" a retaining wall surrounding Knott's yard and drove into a tree, the truck's speed forcing its front wheels vertically into the sky.

"When the truck finished riding up that tree, you could walk under it like a bridge," Knott said. "And that tree was the only thing stopping it from our porch."

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