City Of Edmond Changing Speed Limit In Its Downtown Area

Thursday, June 18th 2020, 3:37 pm
By: Tevis Hillis

Big changes are coming to Edmond's downtown area, and it's going to have a significant impact on drivers.

As downtown is growing, the goal is to "make things safer for people walking, biking, using any other form of alternative transportation in our downtown," said City of Edmond spokesman Casey Moore.

Their first task is by lowering the speed limit from 25 to 20 mph and no longer letting people turn right on red on Broadway between Second Street and Thatcher Street.

This comes after the City of Edmond released a survey to ask residents how they feel.

"We have had several instances in the downtown area with collisions and near misses," Moore said.

The city's goal is to begin changes because "downtown is going through a change."

This area is a great place for dinner, shopping and now, possibly, "people living in downtown," Moore said. 

As the area has not seen this before, the city is planning for what could be.

"What we are trying to do is find a good balance where people can still drive downtown and get through safely get where they need to be, and where it is safer for people to crossroads and get around other ways as well," Moore said.

Crews will start changing signs on Monday.