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Paul Community Works Together To Reduce School Speed Limit

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By Andrew Reed

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) We brought you story in October about outraged parents over a school zone speed limit in front of West Minico Middle School.

Local officials worked together with the Paul community to resolve the issue.
Two children were nearly struck by an 18-wheeler while walking home from West Minico Middle School in September.

That incident led parents to take action to get the speed limit reduced.

Recent concerns over the speed of traffic on Idaho 27 in front of West Minico Middle School have promoted a speed-limit change through the area.

"It was a very fast process for a speed zone change, sometimes the process takes four to five months to go through the speed zone, this happen in less than two months” said Nathan Jerke, Idaho Transportation Department.

The 45 miles per hour speed limit was lowered to 35 miles per hour.

In addition signage to alert drivers of the school zone and pedestrian traffic have been installed.

"We’re happy it's there and people are paying attention now. The traffic is slowed down and I've seen a few cars pulled over, people need to pay attention its 35 miles per hour now and not 45 miles per hour” said parent Melanee Eggleston.

Parents have a sign of relief with a lower speed limit and believe their children can cross the street in a safe matter."

"I think it's really appropriate what they did and I'm glad they worked so fast to get it done” said parent Vicki Fisher.

A controversial crosswalk that brought the community together to slow down drivers.


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