Archive for Thursday, May 13, 2004

City Council agrees on speed limit proposal

May 13, 2004

Just two weeks removed from voting down a proposal increasing speed limits along 155th Street, Parallel and Leavenworth roads, the Basehor City Council is prepared now to move forward.

During a work session Monday night, City Council members agreed to a series of speed limit increases along those roadways. There was not a vote during the work session, but council members agreed to approve the changes at their next meeting Monday, May 24, when they are expected to adopt an ordinance setting the new speed limits.

The speed limit increases on 155th Street, perhaps the city's busiest roadway, include:

¢ Raising the speed limit to 40 mph between U.S. Highway 24/40 and the Pebblebrooke Retirement Community.

During designated school hours, the speed limit will drop to 25 mph through the school zone. Flashing lights will alert motorists of the 15 mph reduction.

After reaching Pebblebrooke on 155th, the speed limit will be 25 mph through downtown Basehor, an increase of 5 mph.

The speed limit will rise to 40 mph between Pin Oak Drive and the city's northern limits along 155th Street.

Crosswalks for students and pedestrians will be added along 155th Street, however, their exact location has not yet been determined, city officials said.

  • The speed limits along Parallel and Leavenworth roads will also increase.

City Council members agreed to a 40 mph zone between the city's eastern boundary and 150th Street on Parallel Road. From 150th Street heading west, the speed limit will be 35 mph.

On Leavenworth Road, speed zones marked 20 mph will be bumped to 30 and 30 mph zones will increase to 40.

City officials said officers from the Basehor Police Department will monitor the streets closely and strictly enforce the new speed limits.

Basehor police officers said they could not comment on the proposed speed limit changes as of yet.

The changes along the three streets is estimated to cost $10,000. City officials asked officials from the Basehor-Linwood School District if they would be interested in assuming some of that cost.

School officials directed their attorney to research the legalities of providing school district funds for city streets. A prior court ruling indicated school districts have no authority to assume costs for city streets.

In April, the City Council voted, 3-2, against a proposal to increase the speed limits on 155th Street, Parallel and Leavenworth roads. The vote came after residents, some of whom live on 155th Street, expressed safety concerns regarding the increases.

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