The Washington City Council Monday agreed to lower the speed limit on a one-half mile strip of Highway 100 recently annexed into the city.
The city annexed the commuter lot near Highway 100 west of East Fifth Street. Due to the annexation, the city and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) agreed to relocate a city limits sign and speed limit sign.
The result of the move would move the city limit sign about a half mile to the east of its current location and drop the speed limit in the area from 55 mph to 45 mph.
The council voted 8-0 to change the speed limit.
The sign sits on the westbound shoulder of Highway 100 near the Bank of Washington and the Fifth Street intersection. In addition to the city limit sign, the pole has a 45 mph speed sign and a sign celebrating the city’s sister city partnership with Marbach am Neckar.
The speed reduction would apply to both the eastbound and westbound lanes of Highway 100.
Councilman Jeff Mohesky Monday questioned if the speed limit must be the same for eastbound and westbound traffic. He asked if the speed limit could remain 55 mph for motorists leaving the city.
Officials agreed to be consistent and reduce the speed limit to 45 mph in both directions.
At the Oct. 6 meeting the city’s transportation commission agreed with moving the sign to the actual city limits, but debated what to do about the speed limit.
The options were to just move the city limit signs and leave the speed limits as they are. Or the city could move the speed limit sign as well and pass an ordinance lowering speed for a half-mile stretch.
Commission members agreed it would be easier to just move the whole setup and all three signs. As a result, the speed limit for the half-mile stretch would drop.
The Commission also said it could reduce accidents at the East Fifth Street and Highway 100 intersection.
MoDOT also would have to adjust the timing on the flashing sign that alerts drivers of a red light at the intersection.