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Speed limits topic of county council talk

Community members will get to share their thoughts on Tuesday

By , Columbian environment and transportation reporter

The Clark County Council will hear public comments regarding potential changes to speed limits on several stretches of roadway around the county at the council’s next meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The council will review county Public Works staff recommendations to reduce or increase speed limits. The county council may also, in some cases, set limits on roadways without posted limits, or on roadways that have posted speed limits but have no formal county resolutions supporting the posted speed limits, according to the county.

Community members will have an opportunity to share their thoughts as the council considers its decisions.

State law prohibits driving at any speed greater that what is “reasonable and prudent” given the conditions, known as the “basic rule.” State law also sets the maximum allowed speed on unposted county roads at 50 mph.

The roadways under review are:

• Northeast Manley Road-Northeast 92nd Avenue between Northeast 239th Street and Northeast 259th Street, west of Battle Ground: Currently unposted. Staff recommends setting the limit at 35 mph.

• Northeast 239th Street between Northeast 92nd Avenue and the Battle Ground city limits, just north of the city: Currently unposted. Staff recommends setting a 35 mph limit to match the limit out of Battle Ground.

• Northeast 20th Avenue from Northeast Highway 99 to Northeast 134th Street, Salmon Creek: Staff recommends increasing the currently posted 25 mph limit to 40 mph.

• Northeast Highway 99 between Northeast 20th Avenue and Northeast 134th Street, Salmon Creek: Staff recommends decreasing the currently posted 40 mph posted limit to 25 mph.

• Northeast Tenney Road-Northeast 134th Street between Northeast 10th Avenue and Northeast Salmon Creek Avenue, Salmon Creek: Current limits vary between 30 and 35 mph. Staff recommends a consistent 35 mph limit.

• Northeast 47th Avenue between Northeast Minnehaha Street and Northeast 78th Street, Walnut Grove: Staff recommends increasing the currently posted 25 mph posted limit to 35 mph.

More information is available in a staff report to the council, available through the county council’s website under

Columbian environment and transportation reporter

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