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October 20, 2013

City expected to approve new speed limits on frontage roads

GREENVILLE — Motorists driving along the Interstate 30 frontage roads in Greenville will be learning to stay under new speed limits.

The Greenville City Council is scheduled to approve establishing the new limits, with a vote set during Tuesday’s regular agenda, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. A work session is also scheduled for 5 p.m. Tuesday.

In a memo to the council, City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said he had received a notice from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), indicating the agency had completed a new speed study along the frontage roads.

“The speed study determine the maximum, reasonable and prudent speeds for vehicles traveling upon the following named streets and highways and parts thereof, to facilitate the most effective use of said streets and highways and the safe and effective movement of vehicular traffic thereon,” Ebrahim said. “TxDOT requires that the City of Greenville review the speed zoning plan, repeal any ordinances or part thereof that have any conflict with this new plan, pass an ordinance accepting this plan and fix penalties for violation, and declare a state of emergency.”

The new ordinance to be passed by the council Tuesday would replace an ordinance adopted in June 1988.

As it turns out, drivers will need to pay close attention to the speed limit signs to determine how fast, or slow, they should be driving, as there are multiple changes along the route from east to west.

TxDOT has proposed that on the Interstate 30 north service road, starting at the west city limits, the speed limit should be 60 miles per hour for the first mile, 45 miles per hour for the next 3.6 miles, and 50 miles per hour for the next 3.38 miles past the Sabine River and to the east city limits.

On the Interstate 30 south service road, starting at the west city limits, TxDOT is proposing 60 miles per hour for the first 1.123 miles, 55 miles per hour for the next 2.91 miles, 45 miles per hour for the next .769 of a mile, 55 miles per hour for the next 1.021 miles to the Sabine River and 50 miles per hour for the next 1.65 miles to the east city limits.

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