Decatur City Commission considering speed limit pilot program

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 19, 2015
Decatur City Commissioners listen to public comments during a Dec. 15 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur City Commissioners listen to public comments during a Dec. 15 meeting. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

The Decatur City Commission will consider using the Decatur Heights Neighborhood for a pilot program to see if a 25 mph speed limit would work in other areas of the city.

City Commissioners will discuss the proposal at their July 20 meeting, which begins with a work session at 6:30 p.m.

“This pilot project will test whether having appropriately established residential speed zones in our neighborhoods will improve safety for pedestrians and motorists and enhance Decatur’s residential environment,” a memo from assistant city manager David Junger says. “Revising speed limits at a community or neighborhood level provides the opportunity to determine whether we want to create a consistent policy for areas of similar land use and character. While speed limits are typically addressed on an individual street basis, with specific vehicular speed, volume and accident data, we believe that Decatur is well-suited to take a broader approach establishing reasonable speed limits for densely populated urban environments.”

The 25 mph limit would be imposed on the following streets:

– Hillcrest Avenue
– Poplar Street
– Grove Street
– Springdale Street
– Pinehurst Street
– Sycamore Ridge Drive
– Fairview Street
– Hickory Street
– Mountain View Street
– Oak Lane

The proposal for a citywide 25 mph speed limit has been discussed for several years. In August 2013, the city solicited input on the idea.

To learn more about the pilot project, click here.

City Commission meetings are held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street. All meetings are open to the public.

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  • TSO

    Is there any clarity on what this really means? I suspect that designating an area a “Residential District Speed Zone” gives city police the authority to ticket for 1mph over (I think they’re legally required to give 10 mph over now). i.e., There’s likely more to this than what the city is telling us.

  • DV

    I wish they would enforce the speed limits that are already there. Cars come down E. Ponce at 60 mph.

  • Blackcatprowliii

    Government moves forward with plan to make the roads ‘safer’ by making them more dangerous. The shocking thing is that they readily admit this. The entire Decatur City Commission needs to be removed.

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