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Slow travel, slower speed limit

Posted Thursday, January 24, 2008, at 8:48 AM

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Traffic backs up on West Holland Street.
Here's a look at traffic on West Holland Street going toward South Cannon Boulevard at mid-morning one day last week. I was stopped near West Depot Street (the one that goes behind the buildings on the west side of the square).

This is proof that Shelbyville needs another bridge crossing Duck River. There was talk a few years ago of possibly building one near the Lewis Avenue intersection.

Admittedly, we don't have traffic problems like people in Nashville or, now, Murfreesboro deal with.

But traffic does tend to back up on Holland at times. And, on the rare occasions water rises to the bridge's level and South Cannon closes, the need to station emergency crews "across the river" causes problems and bumper-to-bumper traffic on Woodland Drive and Narrows Road means a 20-30 minute drive for one that normally takes five or so.

Looks like we're getting a new bypass and a wider North Main Street. Maybe a bridge could get on the next project list.

*Speaking of driving problems, Shelbyville officials -- with no announcement to the public -- have reduced the speed limit on East Depot Street (Wartrace Pike) from 45 mph to 30 mph between Bethany Lane/Coney Island Road and South Hillcrest Drive intersections.

So slow down out there. It's a speeding ticket waiting to happen.

And city officials should begin publicly announcing -- and explaining -- such drastic speed limit reductions.


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Thanks for the heads up about the speed limit change. It would be nice to be notified. I wonder why. Even Broad St. in M'boro has a 40 mph limit.

-- Posted by cherylrichardson on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 9:07 AM

A need to raise fine income?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 10:19 AM

1 reason is because of school traffic, and children getting off buses there; and the second reason would probably be that there has been 2 car wrecks within the same areas, approximately 2-3 houses apart.

One accident was a week or two ago, don't know if anyone was hurt or not. The other wreck was this past summer, a young lady Died, I don't think anyone in the other vehicle was seriously hurt I believe she had kids in it and I think it said the van flipped.

They may be thinking this is becoming a trouble spot and drivers need to be more cautious there.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 10:21 AM

Dropping the speed limit to such stupid speeds as 30 MPH only causes impatient drivers to take more risks getting around those who do obey the speed limit. I personally don't see any reason to drop the speed limit that low other than the reason Steve mentioned, to raise more money! Thirty MPH is extremely slow in my opinion. More accidents are caused by incompetent drivers then people going 40 or 45 MPH.

-- Posted by tgreader on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 11:12 AM

I agree, tgreader. North Main is a good example. If you try obey the 30 MPH speed limit, you become a road hazard because almost everyone's driving at least 45 MPH. The only time I obey the speed limit there is late at night when there's not much traffic, when cops are just out looking for someone to write up.

-- Posted by Richard on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 1:50 PM

We need more public transportation,bike lanes,pedestrian-friendly routes,etc.

That way,fewer people would need cars to get around and there'd be less excuse to turn inferior drivers out on the highway.

Restrict the high speed traffic to trucking lanes,emergency vehicle lanes and something like the German autobahn where there are fewer limits but higher tolls and stricter punishments for offenses.

By the way,(not to be ugly but...) what place IS there in Shelbyville that a person would need to get to so fast and so often that he'd endanger himself,his vehicle,the people around him and his wallet in order to reach it a few seconds sooner?

-- Posted by quantumcat on Thu, Jan 24, 2008, at 2:03 PM

Thanks David for your mention of the speed limit drop on Depot/Wartrace. I think it is totally uncalled for.

My suggestion would have been to move the signs changing it to 45 to the other side of the Bethany intersection. That is the major trouble spot on the whole road. It is an absolute nightmare trying to get out at that intersection when people are moving at 45-50 mph. Or better yet put up a light there.

Also make it illegal to pass on the shoulder of the road when someone is waiting to turn. I have nightmares that someone will run off the side of the road overcorrect and hit me and my family as I sit patiently waiting to turn or for someone in front of me to turn. That IS why we have brakes on our vehicles.

-- Posted by EastSideMom on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 1:01 AM

A lot of the problem is that drivers don't take driving serious. They just see it as time to talk or text on the phone, put on makeup, shave, read the newspaper, and other distractions. Adding this to a higher speed compounds the problem. Many accidents can be avoided if drivers would be aware of their surroundings, and treat driving as more than just a time to do other things.

-- Posted by cordell on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 7:13 AM

AMEN.. Can't even count the number of times some idiot, (usually under thirty years old) will pull out directly into my path. When I get a chance to go around this person, they'll have a cell phone shoved up their ear oblivous to the fact they had almost caused a major wreck! I would love to see cell phone use outlawed while driving.

I got behind my teenage son one day and actually saw him text messaging while driving! Needless to say, the car was parked for awhile following that.

-- Posted by tgreader on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 7:36 AM

It is against the law at the present time for drivers who are under 18 years of age and have not graduated high school to operate a motor vehicle while using a cell phone.

(n) (1) No driver possessing a learner permit or intermediate driver license pursuant to the provisions of this section

shall operate a motor vehicle in motion on any highway while using a hand held cellular telephone, cellular car

telephone, or other mobile telephone.

-- Posted by cordell on Fri, Jan 25, 2008, at 8:56 AM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.