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December 10, 2013

Slow down, speed up, then repeat

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council is scheduled again tonight to consider establishing new speed limits for the Interstate 30 frontage roads inside the city limits.

The council put the brakes on the directive in October, and instructed City Manager Massoud Ebrahim to confer with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) area engineer about the speed limits which the agency was recommending. TxDOT’s proposal broke the frontage roads up into multiple zones and multiple speed limits along the route between FM 1570 and Division Street.

But the council is set to vote on the same measure during tonight’s regular session, starting at 6 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 2821 Washington Street. The issue will also be addressed during a work session, starting at 5 p.m. today.

Ebrahim told the council he had received a notice from TxDOT, indicating the agency had completed a new speed study along the frontage roads, which revealed motorists weren’t driving the limits adopted by the City of Greenville 25 years ago.

Ebrahim said the study called for setting speed limits based on what the“80th percentile” of motorists were driving in a given area, adding that other factors, such as how the frontage roads are now one-way and have been widened from two to three lanes in some locations, also played a part in the new limits.

But two months ago the council said the recommendations by TxDOT were too confusing.

The new ordinance up for consideration would have replace an ordinance adopted in June 1988.

TxDOT 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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