Archive for Thursday, June 24, 2010

County OKs reduced speed limit

June 24, 2010

Keith Browning understands that drivers on Douglas County Road 1061 may or may not slow down once new speed limit signs go up south of Eudora by the end of next week.

But he’ll be contacting Sheriff Ken McGovern to see if he can get a little help convincing drivers of the 2,200 vehicles who use the stretch of road each day.

“We’re certainly hoping to get compliance,” said Browning, county engineer and director of public works. “We’ll certainly be measuring that. We’ll talk to the sheriff about enforcement, and we do think it will make a difference.”

If nothing else, Browning said, drivers seeing the new 45 mph speed limit between North 300 and North 600 roads should at least be aware that potential danger lurks ahead amid the hills, driveways and other physical conditions that prompted the change approved Wednesday night by county commissioners.

The signs will be expected to heighten awareness among drivers.

“It’s a way to achieve a higher safety factor without major construction,” Commissioner Jim Flory said.

The county documented 24 accidents along the three-mile stretch of road from 2003 through the end of 2009, and a recent engineering review determined that allowing drivers to go 55 mph didn’t make sense considering drivers’ limited sight distances.

The signs are scheduled to be installed by the end of next week.

In other business, commissioners approved:

• a conditional-use permit to allow for weddings, outdoor music and other events to be conducted at Bluejacket Crossing Winery, 1969 N. 1250 Road.

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