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Increased speed limits proposed for 2 Greenwood roads

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Motorists would be able to drive faster along two Greenwood roads under a new proposal.

Greenwood wants to increase the posted speed limits on Sheek Road on the east side and Honey Creek Road on the city’s west side. Traffic studies showed that motorists should be able to go up to 40 mph and that an overwhelming majority of drivers ignore the posted speed limits, community development services director Mark Richards said.

Speed limits would be bumped up to 40 mph on Honey Creek Road and 35 mph on Sheek Road if the city council approves the proposal.

Greenwood should adjust the speed limits to ensure that they reflect the speeds that drivers are actually traveling, council member Ron Bates said.

Several residents had complained that speed limits were too low on the roads, and Greenwood used radar equipment borrowed from a university to do traffic studies over the course of a week, Richards said.

The data showed that an overwhelming majority of drivers were speeding, he said.

More than 94 percent of the drivers on Honey Creek Road were going faster than the posted speed limit of 30 mph, the study found. Most were going at least 39 mph.

The study also found that nearly 95 percent of motorists on Sheek Road were speeding, and most were going at least 37 mph.

The speeds at which most drivers already travel suggest the posted speed limits should be 40 mph along Honey Creek Road and 35 mph along Sheek Road, where drivers would have to slow down to pass through a school zone, Richards said.

Motorists likely wouldn’t take higher speed limits as a license for unsafe speeding, since they’re already driving as fast as they think they can get away with without being ticketed, council member Mike Campbell said.

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