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New Speed Limit for Central Middle School Neighborhood

Concern of child pedestrian safety prompts decision to lower the speed limit.

 

A resident's concern for the safety of young student pedstrians from Central Middle School has prompted the Board of Selectmen to approve a speed reduction in the neighborhood.

Motorists using Indian Rock Lane between Stanwich Road and Orchard Street will need to slow down with the OK to reduce the speed limit from 25 to 20 mph. The unanimous decision last week came after the Greenwich Department of Public Works Traffic Division investigated the request submitted by Indian Rock Lane resident Warren Silver.

In a letter to the Traffic Division, Silver said that as a parent of two youngsters "it is disturbing how fast cars drive in this school zone." He also said that many motorists do not show respect for traffic rules as they "yield" at stop signs.

Traffic Operations Coordinator Melissa Evans said imposing the 20 mph speed limit would bring the neighborhood school into compliance of the speed limits set at all other schools in town.

"This would be a school zone like most other school zones in town," Evans said.  "Central Middle School is the only school in town where there is not a 20 mph zone. It doesn’t have an overhead sign" warning motorists they most other school zones do, according to Evans.

Given the narrowness of the road, it will be nearly impossible to erect the overhead warning signs, Evans said. However, "we are looking at erecting standing sign (on the roadsides) to let people know of the 20 mph during school hours," she added. The only markings notifying drivers of the school zone are painted 'school zone' warnings on the roadways.

The imposition of the new speed zone must be approved by the Connecticut state Traffic Authority, Evans said.

JC September 28, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Ms Evans' comment is incorrect. Central is not the only school in town where there is not a 20 mph zone. Greenwich High School ion Hillside Road is, amazingly, a 30mph zone. This is strange when you consider that it is perhaps the street in town most driven by teenage drivers.
M September 28, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Speed limit on Valley Road by North Mianus; big deal - do you think anyone obeys it? Do you think there are Police officers enforcing it?
M September 28, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I think it would make more sense to construct speed bumps on roads where children walk to school or are within a1 mile SCHOOL RADIUS; The bus rule that is adopted by the Board of Ed which is WALK TO SCHOOL if you are within 1 mile to school; so there should be speed bumps on all roads where children are forced to walk to school b/c the bus does not allow pick up under 1 mile distances. Why would you think it is a save for kids to walk on VALLEY ROAD in North Mianus - they NEED SPEED BUMPS on that heavily TRUCK TRAFFIC ROAD - trucks drive well over 50 miles per hour and our kids walk/bike/jog on Valley Road ; North of the Palmer Hill Bridge....
M September 28, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Would anyone like to join me in forming a coalition to install speed bumps on our roads in Greenwich??? Plse send me an email to greenwichdiva@hotmail.com (FYI: not affiliated with the blog greenwichdiva)
Melissa Evans September 28, 2012 at 03:13 PM
To clarify, my comment was not incorrect - the Patch incorrectly quoted me. What I said at the meeting was that Central was one of the only schools, other than the High School, that didn't have a school speed limit. Also, what the Patch failed to make clear in this article is that the 20 MPH speed limit is only during school hours on school days - the 25 MPH speed limit remains in effect at all other times.
Barbara Heins (Editor) September 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Thank you for the clarification Melissa.
Gwen Baldwin September 29, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Thank you to those who addressed this dangerously fast street crossed by young kids and better cross walk are needed. Crossing Fairfield Rd to get to Hillside Rd is patently dangerous and needs a crosswalk since cars fly downhill on Fairfield and around blind curve before Hillside as kids try to cross to get to GHS. I have no kids crossing there but have seen close calls with kids and heedless cars
Margaret Callahan September 29, 2012 at 08:20 PM
In Greenwich you're not safe in a crosswalk & cars don't stop for stopped school buses either. Speed bumps are nice in theory, but town won't go for it because emergency vehicles can't be stopping for speed bumps.
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