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Shelbyville's confusing speed limits

Posted Monday, November 29, 2010, at 8:36 AM

Shelbyville's patchwork of varying speed limits just doesn't make sense sometimes.

Example: The speed limit on South Cannon Boulevard from Lewis Avenue south to the city limits is 45 mph, meaning we'll get by with 50-plus before being shot to a stop by radar guns. The area's heavily residential and accidents are rare.

East Depot Street from Thompson Street to Germantown Road is almost an exact duplicate of the residential end of South Cannon. Speed limit: 30 mph. Go figure.

Union Street from Colloredo Boulevard to past the old hospital also resembles South Cannon. Speed limit: 30 mph. Why so low?

Lewis Avenue is 30 mph from Cannon to the city limits at the Flat Creek bridge, including an area with few houses. It's much like Kingree Road, where the state-set speed limit rises to 45 in front of the Legion Center at city limits' end. Why not up the limit to 45 at South Linda Drive or before?

And why is the speed limit 45 mph on Colloredo Boulevard but 30 on Lane Parkway? Maybe it's because part of Lane Parkway is residential. Do you keep it at 30 there?

I'm also not in favor of a lower speed limit in front of Heritage Medical Center. Despite a few heavily-publicized accidents there, in total numbers relatively few have happened. Accidents simply are part of heavily-trafficked areas. Ideally a service road would have been constructed there, but what we see is what we've got.

Those higher speed limits would be on my Shelbyville wish list. Where would you change/not change the speed limits - and why?

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Yep, when we first moved here about 6 years ago, I got my first ever speeding ticket on Lane Parkway. I was travelling down Colloredo Blvd and was doing 45mph and didn't notice that it changed to 30 after you pass the red light.

I know the speed limit also read 30mph on Main Street, but have you ever tried to do 30 on there? You will get ran over by everyone.

-- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 2:49 PM

Not to mention if you do the speed limit, you will be caught by every red light in town.

Always remember, speed limits are not about public safety, they are about generating revenue.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 4:37 PM

Lights are supposed to be timed to where you get one is where you will continue to make them all - if going the speed limit, to help keep things moving smoothly. True it does not always work that way.

Do you truely believe there should not be any speed limits? I can just see it 70 mph past the elementary schools and down the currently quiet side streets where kids are riding bikes and playing....and 10 miles mph on the expressway while other speed past them at 90mph..... no saftey threat there right?

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 6:24 PM

Are the children on 231North smarter then those on Belmont? Does one group know not to play on the highway, while the other doesn't?

Lower speed limits DO NOT reduce the number of accidents.


-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Nov 29, 2010, at 6:56 PM

You are absolutely right David, it is very confusing and many are way too slow for where they are, maybe even creating more accidents because you can't pull out.The speed limit changes every few miles and it is too hard to keep up with, confusing for sure!

-- Posted by Thatsmystory on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 11:16 AM

It's the same in M'boro and many other places.

I guess we need to get rid of all speed limits, stop signs and stop lights so no one has to go slow and maybe that would stop all the complaining.

Then speeders can just take their chance on the roads and hope that none of us who have been abiding by the speed limit will run over them.

-- Posted by stardust on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 12:56 PM

Trying to exit out of cliffside dr is impossible sometimes. For traffic coming into town off of Hwy130. After traffic crosses the bridge they are still doing 55 are more and just around the curve is clifside dr. It's quite a gamble every morning to get out of there without someone coming around the curve at a high rate of speed. The speed limits at cliffside is 30. And one has to pull out into hwy traffic with a blind curve to look into were the traffice is coming from and take a chance and dart across belemont in a hurry with out getting hit is very exciting sometimes. You ought to try it. Shelbyville has always had a speed limit problem for years. Some place were you need to go faster they want you to slow down and other places were you need go slower they want you go faster. (No we do not need a red light are lower speed limit on a four lane hwy with a center turning lane.) that's what it was built for to move traffic. All we need is drivers that will drive defensively and not muilty task as they drive. Pay attenting with what is happening in your sourroundings. "Drive alert"

-- Posted by RGeneW on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 2:06 PM

try pulling out of a side road on north main and Belmont ave. with traffic going faster than 30 mph and see for yourself I find that most of Shelbyville in the city should be 30 mph and 45 mph at the hospital. Don't forget your school zones also. In this town we have so many side streets with so much congestion, if not careful children could be killed I know of at least one or two have been killed on belmont

-- Posted by gary ashley on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 2:21 PM

There is a paved road next to the Hospital going back to the Walmart Warehouse. There is an entrance and exit on that road to the hospital. The law says traffic on a side road must come to a full and complete stop before entering a main highway.

So what is the problem with drivers. The same law would apply to the exit from the Hospital on the side road or 231. You must come to a full and complete stop before entering the side road or 231.

Reducing the speed won't help no more than the merging lanes seem to be working at Hiway 82 and 231. People don't know what a merging lane is or they don't know how to use it.

The turn lane is the best thing invented but too many drivers think it is just for turning and not for entering into it from a side street.

-- Posted by Unique-Lies on Tue, Nov 30, 2010, at 8:58 PM

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