West University City Council approves speed limit ordinance

West University Place City Council has officially approved an ordinance that lowers the citywide speed limit. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
West University Place City Council has officially approved an ordinance that lowers the citywide speed limit. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

West University Place City Council has officially approved an ordinance that lowers the citywide speed limit. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

It was a monthslong process, but the city of West University Place has officially lowered its citywide speed limit.

In a required second of two readings during its May 10 meeting, the West University City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that reduces the prima facie speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, with exceptions.

Those exceptions include Buffalo Speedway, between Bissonnet Street and West Holcombe Boulevard, which will remain at 30 mph, while the 4100-4200 blocks of Bissonnet will remain at 35 mph. Streets near city parks will also remain at 20 mph as well as streets in school zones during designated times. All other neighborhood streets will be reduced from 30 mph to 25 mph.

Implementing the speed limit change will cost an estimated $75,000 for new signs and installation, ready by no later than fall 2021.

The new reductions come from recommendations from a monthslong citywide traffic study that analyzed traffic volume, speed and crash history of reported incidents at 64 strategic locations identified throughout the city.


That study, the Citywide Speed and Safety Traffic Study, was approved by City Council in February 2020 for $70,000.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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