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Austin Lowers Speed Limits to Increase Traffic Safety

It's not quite citywide speed limit reductions that some Vision Zero cities are implementing, but the city of Austin has approved a suite of speed limit changes.
September 22, 2019, 9am PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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"The Austin City Council approved a round of speed limit changes, the latest tangible sign of the city’s efforts to make streets safer," reports Samuel King.

"The streets selected are mostly what the city classifies as Level 3 roadways or arterials," explains King. The changes, listed specifically in the article, involve a variety of new speed limits, with new speed limits posted at anywhere from 35 mph to 50 mph.  

"More rounds of speed limit changes are planned as the Austin Transportation Department continues to implement its new speed management program," as part of the city's Vision Zero initiative, according to King.

In 2016, speed limit news in Austin involved the need to overcome state preemption to implement actual speed reductions on city streets.

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Published on Thursday, September 19, 2019 in KUT
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