NEWS RELEASE


June 29, 2009
For Additional Information:
Robert Simison, Meridian Mayor’s Office
(208) 888-4433


SPEED LIMITS TO CHANGE ON PORTIONS OF MERIDIAN ROADWAYS


Meridian, ID – (June 29, 2009) – Motorists will soon notice new speed limits posted along stretches of three of Meridian’s most popular roadways.


Earlier this year the Meridian Traffic Safety Commission reviewed the major arterial roadways in an effort to evaluate the safety and the uniformity of speed limits along these roadways.


The Traffic Safety Commission’s suggestions were presented to Meridian’s Mayor and City Council who reviewed the information and forwarded recommendations to the Ada County Highway Department (ACHD) for review. ACHD staff recently completed the speed studies and presented their findings to City Council concerning the three well-traveled Meridian roads.


As part of that discussion with City Council, Ross Oyen, the traffic engineering supervisor with ACHD, indicated that slower speed limits do not necessarily mean safer roads if they lead to speed dispersion. Speed dispersion can increase tail-gating and the potential for passing and increased incident rates. By keeping the speed limit at the 85th percentile of traffic flows, the lowest accident rate is achieved. 


Following the discussion with the City Council, ACHD determined that the following speed limits would be appropriate:


Roadway             New Speed Limit

Franklin Road – Between Linder Road and Main Street   40 MPH 

Locust Grove Road – Between Overland Road and Ustick Road  40 MPH 

Locust Grove Road – Between McMillan Road and Chinden Boulevard 40 MPH 

Overland Road – Between Stoddard Road and Meridian Road  40 MPH


“We appreciate the efforts of the Meridian Traffic Safety Commission and ACHD staff for their work to bring consistency to Meridian’s roadways. These new speed limits will be a benefit to our traveling public as well as our Police Department who want safe speed limits that make sense” said Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd. 


Three of the four changes represent five-mile-per-hour increases in speed limit.
The change along Locust Grove Road between McMillan and Chinden represents a ten-mile-per-hour decrease in the speed limit, which will bring consistency to the speed limit along the majority of Locust Grove from Victory Road to Chinden Boulevard.


ACHD staff plan to install new speed limit signs in these locations by the end of the month, along with larger signs calling motorists’ attention to these changes. Motorists are asked to pay special attention while driving on these roadways while drivers adjust to the new speed limits. 


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded as a farming community in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family. For more information about Meridian, visit www.meridiancity.org.