Fayetteville trustees discuss proposal to lower speed limit in village

— The Fayetteville Village Board is entertaining a proposal to lower the speed limit in a good portion of the village from 30 mph to 25 mph.

The affected area includes village streets south of Route 5 and west of South Manlius Street. The proposed lowered speed zone stops at Limestone Creek heading west and the already-reduced school zones heading south.

Trustee Dennis Duggleby outlined the proposal at Fayetteville’s regular meeting on Monday. In describing the current situation, he said traffic volume and speed, as well police enforcement of speeding vehicles, is not in line with the village’s quality of life goals.

“We’ve had inconsistent enforcement of stop signs and speeds,” said Duggleby, who has served as liaison to the town of Manlius Police Department since joining the board in the spring.

He said drivers are using roads such as Clinton Street, Lincoln Avenue and Orchard Street to bypass traffic that bottlenecks in the village center. “This diverts rush traffic into neighborhood areas,” he said.

Duggleby called the proposal a “trial” run to see how the lowered speed limit affects the targeted area.

“Because there are 60 [speed limit] signs in the whole village,” he said.

The proposal involves adding 10 speed limit signs, which Department of Public Works Superintendent Jim Craw said would cost a minimum of $100 each to purchase and install.

Board members defended the proposal to Fayetteville resident Alice Craw, who said lowering the speed limit in part of the village would be confusing for people.

“There’s a good reason for it and he’s absolutely correct about why he chose this, because of the location of the schools,” said Trustee Dan Kinsella. “Where most of the traffic comes … is in this area, due to moms and dads that want to take their kids to school and then they have to get to work and they’re late.”

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