Warrenton residents who have long shaken their heads at the relatively low speed limits on several city roads are getting their way, after the city’s board of aldermen voted to raise speed …
Warrenton residents who have long shaken their heads at the relatively low speed limits on several city roads are getting their way, after the city’s board of aldermen voted to raise speed limits in five places.
Most prominently, speed limits on Hickory Lick Road, Pinckney Street, and Warrior Avenue have all been raised to 30 mph. According to city aldermen, these are roads that have been frequent sources of complaints from citizens who feel the streets can accommodate higher speeds.
Hickory Lick Road is the street that crosses east from North Highway 47 to the Warrenton Athletic Center. Warrior Avenue runs east from South Highway 47 and passes by Warrior Ridge Elementary and Warrenton High School. Pinckney Street connects Warrior Avenue to Highway M. All three roads are relatively wide and straight, which for years has been justification for some residents to call for higher speed limits.
However, Warrior Avenue will now have a newly enforced school speed zone, where speeds will still be restricted to 20 mph during specific times on weekday mornings and afternoons. The speed zone is meant to protect people coming in and out of Warrior Ridge Elementary, and will be enforced from 6:30-8:30 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m.
The other two roads with speed limits getting raised are Ash Road, a lesser used road connecting to North Highway 47, and Veterans Memorial Parkway where it passes in front of the Shoppes at Warrenton Mall. Aldermen had previously received complaints about Veterans Memorial going through multiple speed limit changes in short succession. The limit is now consistently 40 mph from the mall to Highway 47.
Of course, the speed limit changes aren’t universally supported, especially on the roads that pass by schools. When the proposal to raise the speed limits was discussed in April, several area residents gave opposing viewpoints to The Record.
“People already travel (Pinckney and Warrior Avenue) faster than they should, and I barely ever see an officer enforcing the current speed limits,” one resident wrote. “I live off of Warrior and have no problem with the current limit if it keeps the students safe.”
Or as another reader put it, “People drive as fast as they want anyway. You raise (the limit), they will just go faster.”
Anyone concerned about vehicles speeding on their street within city limits can contact the Warrenton Police Department by calling 636-456-3535.
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