‘Last open forum’ on speed limits at council May 23

       The speed-limit increase on Friendship and Crescent lanes did not come up at an informal City Council presentation and discussion May 8, but could be finalized at a formal council meeting Tuesday, May 23.
       Although public comment is always welcomed, that meeting will be the “last open forum chance to give input” on the planned changes citywide, according to David Krauth, the principal City Traffic engineer in charge of the issue.
       The proposed Friendship-Crescent hike is from 20 to 25 mph. A resident spoke out against the increase at a public meeting last month - because of the neighborhood's narrow, no-sidewalk streets and numerous children - but was told by Krauth that it is part of a citywide strategy in which all 20 mph limits are being raised to 25. “This allows us to hone in and reserve 20 mph for school-crossing zones,” he explained after the May 8 meeting.
       By ordinance, City Traffic Engineering is authorized to set speed limits, but would abide by a council direction otherwise, Krauth said.
       A Westside location being looked out for safety improvements (as a result of a comment at a public meeting held by Krauth) is on Fontmore between Mesa Road and 30th Street.

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