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Posted on: August 3, 2018

Wellesley Street Speed Limit Change

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The Traffic and Sidewalk Committee commissioned a speed zone study in 2016 for the school zones located on Wellesley Street and School Street. The Board of Selectmen approved the recommendations to lower the Wellesley Street posted speed limit of 40 mph to 35 mph (for the Middle and High schools) and to lower the School Street posted speed limit of 35 mph to 25 mph (within the Case Campus area). The request was submitted to the Mass. Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for review. MassDOT conducted its procedural speed zone study and upon conclusion of the study, approved the speed limit reduction for Wellesley Street but declined the request for School Street.

The 35 mph speed zone has officially been posted on the portion of Wellesley Street along the Middle and High Schools. The Traffic & Sidewalk Committee is considering its options to appeal to MassDOT for reconsideration of the School Street zone.

The process to change a speed limit includes a review by the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee and subsequent recommendation to the Board of Selectmen for approval. The Department of Public Works will submit the request to MassDOT for its procedural speed zone study, which consists of driving trial runs, spot speed checks, traffic counts, and crash data review. The state then either approves or declines the Town's request. The School Street request was declined after MassDOT's driving trial run study showed that 100% of the drivers in this area would be in violation of the requested speed reduction.


 

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