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Manchester increases speed limit in city limits

A resolution was passed at the regular Manchester Board of Aldermen meeting on April 1 that will change the speed limit on Route 141 within the city limits.

Currently, the stretch of highway within Manchester that begins at Burgundy Lane and ends at the Big Bend exit at Twin Oaks, the posted speed limit is 45 miles per hour. Once MoDOT authorizes the change, the speed limit will be raised to 50 miles per hour.

The decision to change the speed limit has been a topic of discussion for a number of years. The highway was constructed with the design geared for speeds up to 50 miles. In fact, Manchester is the only municipality along that stretch of highway that imposes a speed limit lower than 50 mph. By changing the limit, it will be in line with those adjoining neighborhoods.

The argument has been made that this particular stretch of road is encumbered with numerous stoplights, which is one reason why the proposed speed limit increase has been rejected in the past. While the measure passed on April 1 with a vote of 5 to 1, Alderman Paul Hamill [Ward 1] voted “no” on the resolution.

“The area traveling northbound on 141 from Carman Road to Connector Road/Howard George is a blind curve with a significant downhill slope to the traffic light,” Hamill explained. “Given that topography and layout, I don’t think it makes sense to increase the speed limit in that area. I also don’t think consistency with our neighbors is a good or valid reason to increase the speed limit. As you know, our topography is not the same nor are the number of stoplights or the distance between our stoplights as our neighbors.”

With the speed limit change, city officials said they would increase police presence in that area.

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