Speed Limits Changed in 27 Cedar Rapids-area Locations

By Christy Aumer, Reporter

(KCRG/Gazette)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The City of Cedar Rapids has changed 27 speed limits, effective immediately, mostly in areas near public or parochial schools and cityparks.

The majority of the speed limit changes have been a decrease of 5 mph because of ”proximity to school zones, continuity of speed limits, increase in development surrounding the street segment, narrow cross section/on-street parking/close setbacks from the street, extreme curvature of the road and high truck traffic,” according to a press release.

One example of a speed limit decrease is near Kennedy High School on 42nd Street NE, between Westchester Drive NE and Wenig Road NE, where the speed limit has been dropped from 35 to 30 mph. And on Sixth Street SW, from 1320 feet south of 76th Avenue SW to 1200 feet south of 66th Avenue SW, the speed limit has decreased from 55 to 45 mph. Four of the changes involve speed limits being raised. The speed limit on Edgewood Road between 16th Avenue SW and Johnson Avenue NW has increased from 30 to 35 mph. And on North River Boulevard NE between Ushers Ferry Road NE and Edgewood Road NE, the speed limit has increased from 25 to 30 mph.

The speed limit on Twelfth Avenue SE between 19th Street SE and Van Vechten Park Road SE has increased from 15 to 30 mph, and the speed limit on McCarthy Road SE between Van Vechten Park Road SE and Memorial Drive SE has decreased from 35 to 30 mph — making the stretch of road between 19th Street SE and Memorial Drive SE near Van Vechten Park a consistent 30 mph.

“The reasons for these increases include but are not limited to: wide cross section, large setbacks from street, continuity of speed limits and utilization of warning signs,” the release said.

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