The Press Newspaper
Officials in Lake Township and the Village of Walbridge want to establish a consistent speed limit on Walbridge Road.
The township trustees plan to ask the Ohio Department of Transportation to conduct a traffic speed study on the south lane of Walbridge Road from the village limits east to the I-280 overpass – a stretch of about .2 mile – as part of a request to lower the speed limit.
Currently, the speed limit on the eastbound lane in the township is 55 miles per hour and the limit on the west bound lane in the village is 25 miles per hour.
Village officials plan to increase the limit to 35 and have asked the township to lower the 55-mile-per-hour limit to 35.
“We’ve told the village we will try (to lower the limit),” Melanie Bowen, a trustee said, after the trustees Tuesday approved a motion to request the ODOT study. “If this gets lowered it will set a precedent.”
Police Chief Mark Hummer said the different speed limits make it difficult for motorists.
“It’s very hard to enforce two separate speed limits in one roadway,” he said. “It’s not practical.”
The chief said he also plans to ask ODOT for an update on plans to lower the speed limit on State Route 51 in the township to 50 miles per hour from 55.
The trustees last year reluctantly agreed to a recommendation by ODOT to lower the limit to 50 mph from 55 mph between Fostoria and Pemberville roads. The limit will remain 45 mph between Pemberville Road and the east corporation limit of the City of Northwood.
ODOT had earlier rejected their request to lower the limit to 45 mph for all of Route 51 in the township.
And the trustees last year had approved a resolution asking ODOT to lower the Route 51 speed limit to 35 mph after the agency rejected their request to have a traffic light installed at the corner of Millbury Road and Route 51.
ODOT also plans to establish a no-passing zone near the Route 51/Millbury Road intersection and install new “Intersection Ahead” signs at the Route 51 intersections at Fostoria, Walbridge, Bradner, and Pemberville roads.