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October 31, 2012 04:47 PM
Speed Limit Changes on US 61/24 at Palmyra

HANNIBAL - Beginning Friday, November 2, the speed limit along US 61 at Palmyra will be reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph approaching the north city limits of Palmyra starting just north of the MO 168 interchange to just north of Main Cross Street. The speed limit has been reduced at the north end of Palmyra as a safety measure suitable to traffic conditions near the MO 168 interchange area.

The speed reduction, requested by the City of Palmyra and a Citizens Advisory Group recommendation, was approved by MoDOT after conducting traffic and speed studies in the area. "The speed reductions along with the recent safety improvements will allow motorists to make safer turns onto US 61 from MO 168," advised MoDOT Area Engineer Brian Haeffner. "Even more important, several law enforcement agencies have already stepped up enforcement in the area and will continue to do so," added Haeffner. "Most traffic was traveling well above the posted 65 mph speed limit, so reducing the limit combined with additional enforcement will send a message to drivers that excessive speed will not be tolerated," said Chief Ed Bogue of the Palmyra Police Department. "Officers are especially monitoring all intersections that access US 61 through the Palmyra area," he explained. Motorists will be alerted of the new speed limit with message boards and a media campaign.

Chief Bogue added, "Although law enforcement and MoDOT's extra efforts to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities in these areas has been implemented, driver inattention continues to be the number one cause of traffic crashes." Failure to yield is a contributor to many accidents at intersections. He continued by saying, "We can reduce the speed limits, enforce the laws and improve the roadways, but if drivers continue to fail to yield to oncoming traffic we will still have crashes; the only immediate fix to senseless crashes and deaths is for drivers to pay attention when they are behind the wheel and take the job of driving seriously!"

To keep informed of transportation projects and programs occurring in Marion County, those interested can sign up for e-updates through MoDOT's website at www.modot.org/northeast. By subscribing to this free service, users will be emailed information about upcoming projects, updates on activities and other transportation-related news. They can also call MoDOT's toll-free number at 1-888-275-6636 during normal business hours for more information.

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