Speed studies drop limit to 45 on 3 county roads

Speed studies drop limit to 45 on 3 county roads

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Drivers around Holmes County will be slowing down a bit, or at least they will have a better idea as to the speed they are supposed to be driving.

The county recently completed a series of speed-limit modification, requesting the Ohio Department of Transportation to modify speed limits on several county roads, and on Thursday, July 7, the Holmes County commissioners passed several resolutions adhering to the study findings.

The speed studies came via request, and the county was able to move to a successful conclusion on each request. Included in the modification process to move all four portions of county roadway to 45 mph were Resolution 2, County Road 407 part one, covering between County Road 58 and County Road 68; Resolution 3, County Road 407 part two, covering County Road 407 between County Road 68 and state Route 557; Resolution 4, County Road 200 between state Route 241 to U.S. state Route 62; and Resolution 5, County Road 189 between Holmesville corporation limit to County Road 207 near Benton.

According to Cory Baker, Holmes County Engineer’s Office assistant engineer, the studies were assigned and completed by Mastermind LLC from Dublin, Ohio.

“All three roads came back with a recommended speed limit of 45 mph,” Baker said. “That’s what we are sending to ODOT to suggest that they make those portions of road 45 mph.”

Baker said County Road 189 is already posted, but there are several different speed limits posted in the road, so the desire was to create one single speed limit that would be a safe travel speed and easier for drivers to understand.

Baker said he expects ODOT to adhere to the requests. He said the normal turnaround time with ODOT from time of request to approval is around two weeks. Because the county now has the capability to create its own road signs, it will not take long for the county to manufacture the speed-limit signs for each road.

“(ODOT) usually goes with whatever the request says,” Baker said. “We try to stay with what the consultant comes back with.”

Baker said the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office request for the official speed limit on County Road 189 was what prompted the request to have a speed survey done.

They called me and asked what the speed limit was, and I started looking at it, and I told them it has four different speed limits on it,” Baker said. “We wanted to make the middle section of that one speed limit to make it easier on drivers, deputies and everyone.”

Baker also said they have done several speed-limit studies over the past couple of years, and the county engineer’s office expects to conduct more in the coming years.

“Now that we are getting all of these roads resurfaced, it makes for better driving conditions, which makes people speed up,” Baker said.

He said the county also expects all of its county roads to be in much better condition, meaning they will look into studies on a number of roads where traffic might be more plentiful and people tend to drive faster than they should.

He also said these traffic speed studies take into account intersections, houses and businesses, the terrain of the road, how many turns and hills there are on each road, road conditions and average daily traffic, and the types of vehicles using the roads.

In addition, he said posting lower speed limits allows homeowners and businesses wishing to build along those roads to have more flexibility in where they can place a driveway, which is beneficial.

Resolution 07-07-22-6 was approved as an amendment between the Holmes County commissioners and W.E. Quicksall for the Winesburg wastewater project.

Commissioner Joe Miller said the amendment states if the county decides to perform management on the project, the engineer’s office will do so. Should W.E. Quicksall do the management, it will come at an expense of no more than $10,000.

County engineer Chris Young said he expects to do the site management and inspection in-house, which should save the county money.

In other news the commissioners approved a Title IV-D contract through Holmes County Job & Family Services to enforce the support obligations owed by absent parents to their children, locate absent parents, establish paternity, and obtain child, spousal and medical support.

ProVia also submitted a change order through Young concerning its work on a turn lane in front of their company on state Route 39, east of Walnut Creek. Miller said it was a formality that must go through the commissioners that doesn’t affect the county and will be paid for by ProVia.

Commissioner Miller also said the county has reached an agreement on an easement with Kurt Rodhe, owner of Rodhe’s IGA, which currently owns the property on which the county is seeking to build its new health department building.

“We’re ready to build a health department building,” Miller said as he signed the easement papers.

Miller said he and Rodhe had met numerous times in exploring the options for the new building and the land it would occupy, along with leaders from Tekton Engineering, which will design the new health department building.

“It’s been a good process,” Miller said.