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Shelbyville's confusing speed limitsPosted 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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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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