Greenwood board votes against increase for Sheek, Honey Creek

Motorists won’t be allowed to drive faster on two busy Greenwood streets, where residents had complained that speed limits were too low.

The Greenwood City Council decided against raising the speed limit by 5 mph on Sheek Road and by 10 mph on Honey Creek Road. A traffic study found that nine out of every 10 drivers were far-exceeding the current speed limits of 30 mph. City engineer Mark Richards said that the mixture of fast and slow drivers was dangerous, and that the city needed to close the speed gap.

The council gave preliminary approval to the higher speed limits earlier this month, but reversed that decision Monday after a debate and several tie votes on proposed amendments.

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