Route K speed limit to be reduced for increased safety

3 years 8 months 1 week ago Wednesday, October 14 2015 Oct 14, 2015 Wednesday, October 14, 2015 8:28:00 AM CDT October 14, 2015 in News
By: Kylie Callura, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Transportation announced on Wednesday that it will reduce the speed limit on a portion of Route K in Columbia by 10 mph.

As an effort to increase safety, the speed limit from Scott Boulevard to Coneflower Avenue will be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph. The change will take effect on Oct. 20. The speed limit on Route K west of Scott Boulevard will not change.

MoDOT officials say the reason for the change was the construction of a new school at Route KK and Scott Boulevard and the increasing new residential developments surrounding the area. 

In a statement, the senior traffic studies specialist for MoDOT said that lower speed limit will make traveling on the stretch of Route K safer.

"As with all speed limit studies, we have also considered the current vehicle speeds, crash history, pedestrian and bicycle activity, presence of parking and roadway alignment," John Shaefer said. 

The department has placed message boards at both ends of the effected stretch of Route K to inform motorists about the speed limit reduction. Permanant signs will be posted on the effective date. 

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