Speed Limits To Be Adjusted For Bellevue Area


By Paul Johnson

Bellevue, Idaho (KMVT-TV) – Speed limits on Idaho 75 through Bellevue will change Wednesday Nov. 14, the Idaho Transportation Department announced. A recent study concluded the adjustments would provide safe and reasonable speeds for traffic.
The most significant changes will be at the north and south ends of Bellevue. The 35-mph zone at the south end will extend north to near the U.S. Bank and Sun Valley Bronze access points. At the north end, the 35-mph zone begins south of Kirtley Road, near the Atkinson’s Market north entrance. The 45-mph and 55-mph speed zones will also see adjustments at both ends of town.
Speed limits are changing because of an engineering traffic study conducted in June. The findings and speed limit recommendations were presented to the Bellevue mayor and council in August.
Idaho 75 through Bellevue averages between 6,500 to 12,500 vehicles per day. The actual number depends on time of year, with peak volumes occurring in the summer.
“These changes reflect the conditions of the roadway and how people already drive through the city,” District Engineer Devin Rigby said. “However, we knew the 25 mile-per-hour zone through the core of town needed to remain.”
Drivers are reminded that the current speed limits will remain in effect until the new signs have been installed.
The speed-limit adjustments follow a recent change to state law that gives ITD jurisdiction over highway speed limits within cities based on engineering speed studies. ITD has already set speed limits for rural sections of all state, U.S. and Interstate routes.

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