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March 31. 2013 10:37PM

30 mph speed limit proposed in Goffstown

GOFFSTOWN - A proposed ordinance would set a speed limit of 30 mph on most town roads, raising the speed limit on some roads currently posted for 25 mph.

The roads exempted from the town wide speed limit would be set at 35 or 25 mph. Also exempt would be state Routes 13 and 114, where the speed limit goes up to 40 mph in some areas.

"This came about as a result of requests over many years from people who came before the highway safety committee," said Town Administrator Sue Desruisseaux. She said the committee determined that rather than change the speed limits on individual roads, it would be more efficient to set a town-wide limit of 30 mph and make some exceptions.

"No one has come forward and asked for a higher speed limit," Desruisseaux said. "And some people may be upset to see their road go from 25 mph to 30, so they should be aware of that. And if they're not OK with that, then they should attend the public hearing on this. We want to hear from people who are going to be affected by this."

The second public hearing on the proposed ordinance is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at town hall.

The reason for setting a town-wide speed limit at 30 mph, according to the language of the ordinance, is "to promote a safer and more orderly flow of traffic and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and others on and around the roadways." The research and statistics - compiled over several years by the traffic safety committee - indicate that people tend to drive too fast through town; that's why this ordinance is being proposed, Desruisseaux said.

The exceptions to the uniform standard are:

--Center Street between Tibbetts Hill Road and Tirrell Hill Road, 25 mph;

--Main Street between High Street and Mountain Road, 25 mph;

--South Mast between Mountain Road and Park Lane, 25 mph;

--Goffstown Back Road between Jason Drive and the Manchester city line, 35 mph;

--Wallace Road between Stacey Lane and the Bedford town line, 35 mph;

--Shirley Hill Road between Route 114 and Wallace Road, 35 mph;

--Tibbetts Hill Road from Lauren Lane to Black Brook Road, 35 mph;

--East Dunbarton Road from Black Brook Road to the Dunbarton town line, 35 mph;

--Tirrell Hill Road between Center Street and Montelona Road, 35 mph.

The proposed ordinance would increase speed limits from 25 to 30 mph on Merrill Road, Cinnamon Drive, Ginger Drive, Coriander Way, Peppermint Drive, Sage Court and Thyme Drive.

A complete list of the roads affected by the ordinance will be available at the public hearing. A copy of the proposed ordinance and a map of affected streets are available on the town's website.

hmetz@newstote.com


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