(Atlantic) The Atlantic Community Protection Committee will recommend to the city council that the speed limit on the eastern third of 22nd Street be lowered from 45 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour. Steve Livengood, Chairman of the committee says the original request to lower the speed limit from 45 to 35 on the western and eastern thirds of 22nd Street was turned by the city council, and sent back to the Community Protection Committee for review.
“The percentiles from the engineer says that the people are driving at 45-mile per hour on that stretch of road, with the idea that people will drive at speeds they are comfortable,” stated Livengood. “And 85-precent of the people are driving at 45-miles per hour or less.”
Thus the voluntary study by the engineer recommends the speed limit should stay at 45.
In fact the engineer said they would not recommend lowering the speed limit.
However, Livengood says as a compromise the committee is going to recommend to the city council that the speed limit from Olive Street east to Highway 71 be reduced from 45-miles per hour to 35 miles per hour and the west side from Chestnut Street to Highway 6 remain at 45 miles per hour.
“I think this is a valid recommendation,” said Livengood, “Because the east third is a residential area.”
Livengood says if the city council approves the recommendation, it doesn’t mean that it is set in stone. The committee can always re-visit the issue.
April 18, 2012
6:00 a.m. news