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Robbins Road speed limit to be raised

Alex Doty • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:06 AM

City Council had previously decided to re-stripe and configure the road from four to three lanes this spring. Officials also decided at the time to hold off on increasing the speed of Robbins Road until the re-striping occurred.

“When this came up last spring, I asked that it be delayed until we re-stripe the road,” Councilman Bob Monetza said.

Since that decision was made, city officials have since decided to hold off on re-striping the road.

“There is no point in holding this up,” Monetza said of the speed increase.

Councilman Dennis Scott said he was also supportive of the increase in the speed limit and wanted to see signs in place stating the new speed would be watched by police.

“I’d like to see signs there saying it’s strictly enforced,” he said. “I think that would keep the speed limit there down to 35.”

Councilman Ed Nieuwenhuis voted against the measure, citing the GHDPS speed study which showed that average traffic speed was more toward 30 mph on that stretch of road.

“I think that it is an error in judgment,” he said. “We’re going to make it faster than traffic is actually going.”

Other members of council pointed out that while the average speeds may have been closer to 30, the 85th-percentile speeds were closer to the newly set speed.

The 85th-percentile speed is the speed at which 85 percent of the traffic is traveling and is commonly used to set speed limits.

“The 85th-percentile speed is closer to 35 than 30,” Monetza said.

Nieuwenhuis said he also had concerns about a lack of a school speed zone near White Pines Middle School and Griffin Elementary School area on Robbins Road.

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