Lower speed limit signs to be installed
ROME TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- New speed limit signs lowering the speed on several heavily traveled county roads will be going up in the next week or so, according to Lawrence County Engineer Doug Cade.
The lower speed limits are being enacted to reduce speeds and accidents in high-traffic areas, including several near schools, Cade said. The county conducted speed studies earlier this spring and submitted them to the Ohio Department of Transportation for approval, he said.
The speed limit along County Road 107 is being reduced from 45 to 40 miles per hour. The area involved in the lower speed limit is between Fairland East Elementary School and the Proctorville village limits, Cade said.
The speed along Irene Road near Ohio University Southern's Proctorville Center also is being reduced from 45 to 40 miles per hour, he said.
Meanwhile, a speed limit of 30 miles per hour was being posted for County Road 410, (Wal-Mart Way). The road has more accidents than any other county road, Cade said.
The speed limit along County Road 26 near the Rock Hill schools, and County Road 29 near Lake Vesuvius, also is being reduced from 55 to 45 miles per hour.
Excessive speeds, such as one of 88 miles per hour near Fairland West Middle School and 72 miles per hour along Wal-Mart Way, were recorded during the traffic study, Cade said.
The excessive speeds, the number of accidents and requests from the public all were factors in the lowered speed limits, Cade said.
"We're hoping to reduce speeds and the number of accidents especially near schools and in those high-traffic areas," he said.
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