Riverside City Administrator Christine Yancey said she received signals from state Department of Transportation officials that the city’s desire to reduce speed limits through town is still a possibility.
Yancey had a conference call with three transportation officials Monday.
“I felt they were willing to work more with the city,” she said. “They gave us a lot of options.”
One of the options was installing two or three crosswalks through downtown with flashing warning signs.
Last month, the City Council floated the idea of a 25 mph speed limit on Highway 22 all the way through town. The proposal met with resistance from the Department of Transportation and the Washington County sheriff.
Sheriff’s Deputy Randy Tinnes met with the council Monday. He said a speed study done between Sept. 5 and 11 showed 95% of the vehicles in the 40 mph speed zone on the west end of town were within 10 mph of the speed limit.
“According to the stats, it is a low area for issues,” Tinnes said.
“It’s not what I see and hear,” countered Councilperson Jeanine Redlinger, who lives on Boise Street near where the study was conducted.
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