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Speed limit to change on N. 17th St.

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

North 17th Street will be a safer place, thanks to City Council action Monday night.

At least that’s what council members hope.

In a 6-0 vote on third and final reading, Council members passed an ordinance reducing the speed limit on that street from 30 mph to 20 mph.

Council members took the action after requests from citizens who live on that street. Because vehicles are allowed to park on both sides of the street, congestion makes higher speeds unsafe, particularly since children who live in the area may be hard to see.

Councilman Rex Peckinpaugh said residents in the ward he represents brought the North 17th Street issue to his attention. 

Slowing traffic down seems to be the best option, agreed Councilman Jerry Walden.

“It is needed,” he said. “It’s a busy street.”

Traffic there is mostly residential anyway, council members agreed.

Also on Monday, Council members passed on second and third readings an ordinance vacating an alley located behind 904 Spring St. and 310 N. 9th St. A public hearing on the action produced no negative comments about the change.