Reducing Speed on South Main

One of the things Council voted at last night’s Committee of the Whole: lowering the speed limit on South Main. Council voted unanimously to reduce the speed limit to 20 MPH, and staff will begin the process to determine what, if any, other traffic calming measures may be necessary. The vote comes after several citizens called, emailed, and spoke at Council about problems with speeders in the area where our new shared use path/trail begins. As we create a more walk/bike friendly environment in downtown, we must ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Additional safety measures like the “armadillo” barriers have already been planned and should be installed in the near future. Council and staff also discussed the need for better enforcement in the area. Chief Hanshaw will work on that. The new speed limit would be in effect from Trade St to Fairview. This is South Main, which is the road that runs directly in front of Vaughn’s (between Vaughn’s and the Pumpkin Patch location) down to Goodwill. It is where the paving for the trail was just completed. This is not Main St., which runs in front of Powderhorn, Chancellor’s Park,  etc. Final vote: February 11.