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County okays requested speed reductions at Palouse, Malden

 

November 1, 2018



Whitman County Commissioners approved two speed changes Monday. The first, a 7.9 mile-stretch of Cache Creek Road, south of Malden to Highway 195, came about after a petition by residents. A subsequent traffic study was conducted by Marc LaVanWay, staff engineer for Whitman County.

Mark Storey, Public Works director, recommended to commissioners to lower the limit from 50 to 40 mph, effective Nov. 15.

“Most people are already driving 35-40 on that anyways,” said Storey, referring to what was found in the traffic study.

The second speed reduction will be on a two-mile loop of Tidwell Road, which intersects Highway 27 in two places just north of Palouse. Storey noted that this road has had more residential construction and the petition to drop the speed from 50 to 35 mph was approved.

Factors involved in Storey’s recommendation for both roads include trees and power poles on the roadside, intersecting driveways and vertical and horizontal curves.

“Sometimes you get a petition to change a speed limit and there is no engineering reason to,” he said.

The petitions, with under 30 signatures each, were submitted to county commissioners last spring.

New speed signs will go up Nov. 15.

 
 

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