Clark County Council approves changes to speed limits on some county roads

The changes come after complaints from residents and a traffic safety study by the county

CLARK COUNTY — The Clark County Council on Tuesday adopted speed limit changes for eight different sections of roadway.

“Most of the county roads, unless they are posted, is what we call ‘base speed,’” said Ejaz Kahn, a traffic engineer for the county, “which means drive to conditions which are safe, and the maximum permissible speed is 50 miles per hour.”

Based on feedback from residents the county conducted studies on the eight roads. In some cases speed limits were reduced, and in others the council simply codified current speed limits.

The changes approved are as follows:

  • Northeast 124th Avenue, from Northeast 99th Street to Northeast 119th Street – Setting a consistent speed limit at 30 mph. The previous speed limit fluctuated between 25 and 40 mph on the collector street.
  • Northeast 114th Street, from Northeast 124th Avenue to Northeast 132nd Avenue – Changing the speed limit for this local access road from the existing 40 mph to 25 mph.
  • Northeast 132nd Avenue, from Northeast 114th Street to Northeast 119th Street – Reduce speed limit from 40 to 25 mph
  • Northeast 164th Street, from Northeast 182nd Avenue to Northeast 205th Avenue – No change. Codified existing 40 mph posted speed limit.
  • Northeast 202nd Avenue, from Northeast 164th Street south for 500 feet – No change. Codified existing 40 mph speed limit.
  • Northeast 262nd Avenue, from Northeast Bradford Road north for 0.63 miles – Set posted speed limit at 35 mph (currently no speed limit signs on the road)
  • Northeast 312th Avenue, from Northeast Ireland Road south to the end of the road – No signs currently posted. Will now be 25 mph.
  • Northeast Borin Road, from Northeast Hughes Road to Northeast 412th Avenue – No signs currently posted. Will now be 30 mph.

During the public hearing, Richard Landis, who lives along 312th Avenue, asked that the council consider lowering the speed limit further to 20 mph, due to children walking along the road after school. The Public Works department promised to look into it, but no further action was taken.

Councilor Eileen Quiring wondered what the cost would be to install new speed limit signs. Matt Griswold, a county traffic engineer and Operations section supervisor, said most of the work is done in house, which keeps costs lower.

“We’re looking about $250 to $300 per sign,” he said. “That includes labor and materials.”

The county estimates it will take around a month to make the new speed limit signs and get them installed.


About The Author

Chris Brown comes to Clark County Today with 15 years of local news experience as a reporter, editor, and anchor at KXL News Radio and KOIN-6 TV in Portland. In 2016, he won an Oregon Association of Broadcaster's award for Best Investigative Reporting for a series on America's Violent Youth. He has also been awarded by the Associated Press for Best Breaking News coverage as editor of Portland's Morning News following the 2015 school shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The second oldest of eight home-schooled children, Brown graduated from high school two years early. After several odd jobs, he earned an internship at KXL Radio, eventually working his way into a full-time job. Brown has lived in Clark County his entire life, and is very excited at the opportunity to now focus full-time on the significant stories happening in his own back yard, rather than across “the river.’’ After a few years in Vancouver, he recently moved back to Battle Ground with his wife and two young daughters. When he's not working to report what's happening in Clark County, Brown enjoys spending time with his family, playing music, taking pictures, or working in the yard. He also actually does enjoy long walks on the beach, and sunsets.

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