Brunswick, E. Main streets to have speed changes |

Brunswick, E. Main streets to have speed changes

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Speed limits in Grass Valley are poised to decrease in certain areas and increase in others depending on a Jan. 22 decision of the City Council.

“It’s been five years since we updated our speed limits in Grass Valley and we’ve had several changes to our streets,” said Trisha Tillotson, a senior civil engineer, at the council’s Tuesday meeting where the speed changes were passed on their first reading.

While the speed changes are minor 5 mph alterations, perhaps the largest changes fall on recently annexed areas of Brunswick Road.

Brunswick Road flows to and from the Glenbrook Basin and an interchange with Highway 49. A segment between East Main Street and Town Talk Road is slated for a speed increase — up to 40 mph from 35 mph, which is the speed limit heading northwest into that interchange.

However, the rest of Brunswick Road that falls within the city’s newly annexed borders, just north and south of Idaho Maryland Road, will be decreased from 50 mph to 45 mph. This area is around Loma Rica Ranch.

The speed changes are based on observations of volunteers conducting a speed survey over the last several months.

“I wanted to thank the volunteers’ 100 hours doing speed surveys,” said Police Chief John Foster. “I can tell you it’s pretty boring.”

Other proposed increases include Butler Street, between Brighton Street and Minnie Street, to 20 mph. Mill Street, between Chapel Street and McCourtney Road, is set for an increase to 30 mph.

Two other speed limit decreases are also on tap. Freeman Lane, between Taylorville Road and McKnight Way, to 30 mph — a 5 mph decrease. Idaho Maryland Road, between Railroad Avenue and Sutton Way, is also facing a 5 mph reduction, down to 30 mph.

The council’s approval of the speed changes Tuesday will be voted on for their final reading before they go into effect. That vote is scheduled for Jan. 22.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call (530) 477-4236.

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