Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limits will be lowered this month on the following road sections:
- Second Street between Wilson Avenue and the northbound Parkway ramp - from 35 mph to 30 mph
- Colorado Avenue from the northbound Parkway ramp to Industrial Way - from 35 mph to 25 mph
- Arizona Avenue from Industrial Way to Colorado Avenue - from 35 mph to 25 mph
- Reed Market Road between 15th Street and 27th Street – from 40 mph to 35 mph
The new speed limit signs will have orange warning flags on top for a few weeks to call attention to the changes.
These speed changes were initiated by a combination of citizen requests and City staff in response to changing traffic and development along these corridors.
In Oregon, speeds for roads within the City that are not highways or local residential streets
(such as the aforementioned road sections) are set by Oregon Department of Transportation. The new speed limits are established based on a traffic study that looks at existing driving speeds, road characteristics, adjacent land use, access locations and more. It can take up to a year to complete this speed study. Most of these requests started this past summer.
The City asks drivers to pay attention to the new speed changes and be aware of conditions. Oregon’s basic rule speed law requires driving at the speed that is safe for conditions – this may be a speed slower than the posted speed. With winter here, it is especially important to pay attention to speed. Drive safely.