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State DOT agrees to lower speed limit on Peru Road

The Elbridge Town Board heard back from the state Department of Transportation following an October request in to have the speed limit lowered near the intersection of Peru and Schaap roads.

The town requested a lowered speed limit on Peru Road between the point 2/10 mile west of Schaap Road and South MacDonald Road, and on Schaap Road between Peru Road and Towpath East. The request was made on behalf of Tom McGuire, who lives near the intersection in Jordan.

"Our review of Peru Road indicated that extending the 40 MPH area speed limit westerly .3 mile along Peru Road to Schaap Road would be appropriate," wrote Diana Graser, a regional traffic engineer with the state DOT, in a letter to the town dated Jan. 14. "Extending the speed limit .2 miles farther west would not be appropriate."

Graser added that the DOT's review of Schaap Road found lowering the speed limit on Schaap road would not be appropriate, citing the road's "short length and minimal development."

Town Supervisor Ken Bush said residents were "half-pleased" with the state's decision.

Highway Superintendent Dennis Pelmear said the town is still waiting to hear from Onondaga County acknowledging the state's decision, as the affected roads are county roads. He said the county must not have any issues with the state's decision before any action can be taken, and that once approved, new signs would likely not go up until spring.

"It's not the easiest thing to do, putting up signs in the winter," Pelmear said

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