Request for speed limit change made in Washburn

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Local man looks to lower stretch of Hwy. 37 to 35 miles per hour

When driving into Washburn city limits, the speed reduces to 45 miles per hour until exiting city limits, and a local man is requesting that the speed limit be reduced further.

According to the minutes from the recent Washburn City Council meeting, Greg Alley inquired if the city of Washburn Aldermen had spoken with Southwest School about lowering the speed limit throughout Washburn to 35 miles per hour instead of the current 45.

Alley then proposed, if a petition to lower the speed limit to 35 was formed, would the council consider it lowering the speed limit? Mayor John Tiedeman agreed the city would consider it, however, it alone cannot make the final decision, as that responsibility rests with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).

Also, if Alley is to proceed with the making of the petition, he must watch each individual sign their name, their address and be able to verify the individual as a registered voter, and the majority of the names must be individuals that live within Washburn city limits.

Tosha Tilford, Southwest superintendent, said lowering the speed limit on that stretch of road would benefit the school by creating less of a possibility for wrecks near the intersection of Highways 37 and 90.

“I have seen people pass a bus with the stop arm out,” she said. “With a lowered speed limit, maybe people would slow down and stop when children are loading and unloading.”

Tilford said she would like to see “Bus Stop Ahead” signs in a few spots along that road.

“The signs and speed limit have been an ongoing conversation since I started,” she said. “I called MoDOT at one point, and they came down to do measurements. That stretch of road doesn’t qualify for ‘Bus Stop Ahead’ signs.”

Tilford said traffic builds up at that intersection and causes a hazard.

“I would like to have both the signs and a lowered speed limit,” she said. “I would rather be overly cautious than have risk to the students, parents and teachers.”

Tilford also said the dump trucks from the quarry move slow, and the speed limit is too high there for cars to slow down from 45 mph.

“A reduced speed limit would be best, but something, [like the bus signs], is better than nothing,” she said. “I just want to keep my students and everyone else safe.”

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