Columbus reviews DOT traffic study

Published 10:29am Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The average speed of all vehicles in 2007 was 30 mph, with 82.9 percent exceeding the posted speed limit of 25 mph and 0.47 percent traveling in excess of 55 mph. The 2007 traffic count could have been high for the day considering it was done on Oct. 31, where a large amount of vehicles travel to downtown Columbus for Halloween activities.

“The traffic enforcement plan of the Columbus Police Department has been successful,” Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield said in the town’s report regarding the study. “The Columbus Police Department only targets the excessive speeders on the streets of Columbus. The goal of the Columbus Police Department is to manage the speed of vehicles in the 25-35 mph range. As is evidenced by the most recent traffic study, the speeds of vehicles along Mills Street have been significantly reduced into that range. There has been, and continues to be a need for reasonable speed enforcement on the city streets of Columbus.”

The DOT also did a traffic study on Walker Street (downtown) from July 23, 2013 at 3 p.m. through July 24 at 3 p.m. with the total vehicle count at 145, including 100 passenger vehicles, 23 vans and pickup trucks, six buses and trucks and four tractor trailers. At least half of the vehicles were traveling in the 20-25 mph range, or less, according to the report, with the average speed 24 mph. The speed limit on Walker Street is 20 mph with 0.75 percent traveling in excess of 55 mph.

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