continued Councilor Lynn Jennings brought up the issue of speeding and whether reducing the speed limit would be a viable option.
“According to the study, its gone down from 53 mph to about 50 mph since we put the 40 mph zone in,” said Jennings, who lives near the intersection. “What we need now is some strict law enforcement and visibility. The left turn is an excellent move, but unless we can enforce the speed limit there, we’ll still have a problem.”
Rapp agreed that stricter speed limit enforcement would be necessary, but also pointed out that reducing the speed alone would not improve conditions.
“As we were doing the study, we realized that what is called the null resolution—just lowering the speed—was not going to be effective for exactly what you’re saying,” she said. “The road is too good, it’s too straight, and people are just used to driving faster.”
The proposal has already been unanimously through the committee and through Ways and Means with no objections. Rapp also said she has received emails and letters from people in the area supporting the proposed road improvements.
Councilor Jessica Zambrano thanked Rapp for her efforts in getting the project funded.
“We’ve been very concerned about that intersection,” Zambrano said.
The proposal will go in front of the county legislature on Aug. 7.