City council OKs raising streets' speed limits

Greenwood has given initial approval to raising the speed limits on two busy streets, even after city council members expressed fears about safety.

The Greenwood City Council approved increasing the speed limit to 40 mph on Honey Creek Road on the west side and to 35 mph on Sheek Road on the east side. The council will consider final approval at its next meeting in two weeks.

Both roads currently have posted speed limits of 30 mph, but a study found that only 5 percent of drivers actually drove the speed limit and most greatly exceeded it. The mixture of slow and fast drivers is dangerous, and Greenwood wants to make the roads safer by shrinking the difference in speed between those who are following the speed limit and those who are going faster, community development services director Mark Richards said.

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