An update on speed limit, traffic signal operations and traffic flow along the Weslayan Street and Stella Link corridor was presented to West University Place City Council on Oct. 23 by officials from the engineering firm Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc.

During various parts of the presentation, council members pushed for more pedestrian-centric concerns, such as residents walking to public parks, playgrounds or playing fields. Council member Matt Hart encouraged the engineers to expand the scope of the study so that it also considers the destination of where the people are going.

Mayor Pro Tem John Montgomery said he is concerned about the people walking through the city in areas where traffic from outside the city intersects with them. He asked for measures discouraging cars from going quickly through places where people are walking.

“Any dollars that we are going to commit to further the study ought to consider not just whether or not we’ve hit any pedestrians, but how we can sustain the nonhitting of pedestrians,” Montgomery said.

How we got here

As a follow-up to a 2021 citywide traffic study, West U is reviewing the Weslayan Street and Stella Link corridor areas to the south of the city border, as well as Weslayan Street and Browning Street to the northern section of the city.