action:frontpage | category:NEWHAMPSHIRE1411 | adString:N/A | zoneID:17
July 16. 2014 10:58PM

Windham neighborhood wants speed limit lowered

WINDHAM — Residents in one Windham neighborhood are battling the town and state to reduce their road’s speed limit.

During Monday’s selectmen meeting, town officials and citizens debated the topic at great length. Local police remained skeptical as to whether changing Westchester Road’s 30 mph speed limit to 25 mph would help address the speeding issue.

Town Administrator David Sullivan said the issue has been raised “dozens of time” over the past several years.

Most recently, the Windham Police department conducted a speed survey of the area in response to residents’ concerns.

Police Chief Gerald Lewis said the survey results revealed that 85 percent of motorists on Westchester Road travel at an average speed of 35 miles per hour.

The survey results, among other factors, led members of the town’s highway safety committee to opt against lowering the speed limit earlier this year.

Westchester Road residents Renee and Joshua Cushman told town officials this week that they’re still hoping to see the speed limit lowered.

“We have several young children and we’re just amazed at the speed people drive down our street,” Renee Cushman said.

Her husband added that he’d “like to see a 25 mph speed limit sign posted at the top of the road.”

Chairman Ross McLeod noted that there are several such signs around town but he felt those signs “are a feel good measure” as they’re not legally binding.

“It’s just like putting up a ‘Slow Children’ sign,” he said. “You’re hoping that people will see it and drive slower, but the design of our roadways doesn’t necessarily discourage fast driving.”

Under New Hampshire traffic laws, the speed limit for business and urban residence districts is 30 miles per hour.

After hearing from citizens and town officials, a motion by Selectman Bruce Breton to lower that one road’s speed limit to 25 mph was ultimately approved by fellow board members. However, Lewis stressed that any final decisions on the matter would rest with the state Department of Transportation, since right now a 25 mph speed limit sign isn’t legally enforceable.

“I’m going to enforce a 30 mph limit because that’s what the state says I have to do,” he said. “And when you put signs up that you can’t enforce, those signs can actually do more harm than good because it makes us inconsistent.”

aguilmet@newstote.com


 Coming Salem area events

    SHARE EVENTS FOR PUBLICATION, IT'S FREE!

 
Arts & Entertainment
Family, Community and Culture
Outdoors, Sports and Recreation

Contact Information

The Salem Observer
100 William Loeb Drive
Manchester, NH 03109

Circulation
Neighborhood News publications can be found at a newsstand near you here.

Ph: 603-206-7800
Fax: 603-206-7801

News, Obituaries, & Social Announcements
editor@yourneighborhoodnews.com

Sports
sports@yourneighborhoodnews.com

Christine Heiser, Executive Editor
cheiser@yourneighborhoodnews.com
Ph: 603-206-7811

Advertising
Email ads to art@yourneighborhoodnews.com
Classified advertising: 603-669-1010
Display advertising: 603-206-7800 x264

Rate card | Ad Order | Credit application

Calendar Listings
Please use our online form at www.nh365.org

 New Hampshire Business Directory

  

    ADD YOUR BUSINESS TODAY!