Speed limits reduced around Claremont schoolsBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
February 21. 2018 10:15PM
CLAREMONT — School zone speed limits are coming to neighborhood streets around the city’s schools this spring.
The City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will reduce speeds by 10 mph.
The school zone speeds will go into effect 45 minutes prior to each school opening and 45 minutes after schools close in the afternoon.
Claremont Police Chief Mark Chase said most of these school zone speeds will be 20 mph.
“We’ve received some complaints off Maple Avenue in an area where the school sends the parents to do pick-up and drop-off, and looking at the city ordinance we realized we had never designated several school zone areas,” Chase said. “We decided to tackle them all at once.”
The ordinance creates school zones around Maple Avenue School, Bluff School, Disnard Elementary School, Claremont Middle School, Stevens High School and some private schools in Claremont and includes Sims Street, Canterbury Road, Barton Way, Maple Avenue, Summit Road, Grove Street, Hanover Street, Garden Street, Shannon Street, South Street, Summer Street, Middle Street, Central Street, Hardy Avenue and McKenzie Drive.
During last week’s council meeting, Mayor Charlene Lovett asked Chase if the ordinance would lower from 20 mph to 10 mph the speed limit on Broad Street near Stevens High School.
“It’s very difficult to go 20 miles per hour down Broad Street,” she said.
Chase said Broad Street is not being included in the school zone ordinance and would remain at 20 mph.
The council unanimously approved the ordinance.