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The city has posted 25 mph signs illegally, in violation of both federal and state guidelines.
Please allow me me to explain the speed limit change further:
In addition to the 'thickly settled' point I already mentioned, a posted speed limit cannot be simply repealed by an act of a City Council. It can only be changed by a new traffic study conducted in accordance with the federal MUTCD guidelines.
Furthermore, the 25 MPH 'Citywide base speed limit' that you are referring to is authorized only for UNPOSTED City controlled roadways.
Perhaps you should double-check with Mr. Knowlton, P.E., the City Engineer, before hastily closing the issue here.
"Thank you for reaching out re: the speed limit signs on Swampscott Road.
I am aware of this issue, and I am working to correct it. When the City adopted a City-wide speed limit of 25 mph, we knew certain roads would not fall into that category, including this section of Swampscott Road. However, the City Council repealed the special speed limit zones for this section of the road last fall, and the signage was changed.
We have been working with the Council to have this action reversed, and then make sure the correct, accurate signage is posted.
I agree with you entirely that we should not be arbitrarily changing speed limits anywhere in the City, and I share your frustration about the resulting confusion from this back and forth. I hope to be able to resolve this issue in the near future.
Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions or concerns, on this or any other transportation issue.
Acting Director of Traffic and Parking"
"Many thanks for reaching out and for sharing your concern. I have been working closely with the police and our Traffic and Parking department to address a number of traffic related issues throughout the Swampscott Road area - several of which deal with signs that are not related to any city ordinances, or (like in this case, if I am not mistaken) which deal with signs related to ordinances that the city passed that are not in compliance with state or federal standards. I appreciate you raising this concern. We have a number of questions we are working on together to help traffic flow more easily throughout this corridor, and I will be sure this specific concern is part of that effort. Thank you! - Lisa Peterson, City Councillor - Ward 3, Salem"
So how many city officials does it take to do the right thing and not lie to the people?
"The government, as well as the governed, must follow the law, and in habeas it is the court's duty to ensure that it does," Federal Judge Mark Wolf wrote in his 62-page opinion today.
So, Salem, how long are you going to ignore this issue?
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