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Commissioners: No speed limit change warranted

Elkhart County does not plan to lower the speed limit on C.R. 19 despite complaints from area residents.
Posted on Dec. 5, 2012 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Dec. 5, 2012 at 5:23 p.m.

GOSHEN — A speed limit that neighbors petitioned to be lowered in October will not be adjusted.

Results of a study by the Elkhart County Highway Department do not warrant a change, county commissioner Mike Yoder said Wednesday. A group of neighbors who live between 58500 and 58900 blocks of C.R. 19 in Goshen had requested that the commissioners lower the speed limit from 55 mph to 40 mph and post more stop signs in the area to slow traffic.

As more people move out into the county and more development springs up outside of city limits, complaints about speed limits and increased truck traffic are not uncommon, Yoder said.

The county engineer typically takes traffic counts, accidents, property damage and other factors into consideration when making decisions about speed limits, Yoder explained. The results are compared to transportation industry standards, he added. In this case, the study indicated that at least 85 percent of the vehicles driving on C.R. 19 were traveling within the 55 mph speed limit.

“There has to be sound data for us to lower the speed limit, and there has to be sound data to inhibit traffic flow,” Yoder said.

But Linda Rothrock-Jurus, who presented the petition to the commissioners in October, is not satisfied.

“I think they have not thoroughly investigated the situation,” she said. “We still have people flying down this road and passing across the double lines. Maybe it’s one of those things until someone gets injured, they won’t do anything about it.”

However, Rothrock-Jurus said she understands that the county does not want to arbitrarily change speed limits. She said Wednesday that she does not plan to approach the commissioners with another petition.

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