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Trustees Approve Asking County to Lower Speed Limit on Highway H

Drivers currently go from 55 mph to 35 mph from one side of the Highways H and 11 intersection to the other. Some residents would like to see the speed limit reduced to 45 mph for a half-mile to promote safety.

Drivers who feel the need for speed on Highway H south of Durand Avenue may soon have to slow down as they approach that intersection.

Sturtevant trustees decided Tuesday to ask Racine County to lower the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph on Highway H from Braun Road to Highway 11 for the time being. 

The proposal would effect the half-mile stretch from Braun Road to Durand Avenue. Trustees do not have the authority to lower the speed limit there because H is a county highway. 

Trustee John Johnson suggested a double yellow line and no parking signs should be put in for safety so board members will address that request at a future meeting.

Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said they haven’t had any problems with cars speeding along the road. The speed limit reduction is more about safety than anything. 

When traveling north on Highway H the speed limit is 55 mph. At the intersection of Highway H and Highway 11, the speed limit makes a significant drop to 35 mph. The speed limit drop has local residents concerned about their safety.

“Cars are coming up too fast at the intersection of Highway H and Highway 11,” Marschke said.

Reducing the speed limit from Braun Road to Highway 11 would give cars time to slow down as they enter Sturtevant.

Local residents are concerned with the number of close calls there have been when attempting to back out of their driveways. 

Chris Wright December 20, 2012 at 03:49 AM
The resolution to request the county lower the speed limit passed by a voice vote. H is a county highway so the Village doesn't have the authority to change the speed limit. There will be a separate resolution at a future meeting to request no passing and parking. This was all discussed at the meeting.
Heather Asiyanbi December 20, 2012 at 03:59 AM
@Chris - thanks! I'll make those changes.
Chris Larsen December 20, 2012 at 01:07 PM
More specifically, we asked that the speed limit be reduced from 55 to 45 from Braun Road to approximately 1/2 mile north, where at that point we asked that it be made 35 MPH to the intersection of H and 11.
Chris Wright December 20, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Heather, thank you for making the updates.

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