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City Council passes speed reduction ordinance

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Officials in Chattanooga are taking new measures to slow down speeding motorists.

The Chattanooga City Council voted on Tuesday and passed an ordinance 8-1 to lower speed limits on several busy streets.

Councilman Larry Grohn cast the only vote that was not in agreement with the new speed limit changes.

A number of streets will be included in this change, including heavily populated areas downtown.

On Manufacturers Rd. from Cherokee Blvd. down to Hwy 27, the previous speed limit was 35 mph, but will now be enforced at 30 mph.

Portions of Bonny Oaks Dr., Central Ave., Dodson Ave., Hamill Rd., Jersey Pike, McCallie Ave., and Tennessee Ave. will also see new speed limit changes in the near future.

The new changes follow a recent study by the Chattanooga Police Department and the city's transportation department that found many streets unsafe with the current posted speed limits.

The city of Chattanooga saw more than 14,000 crashes in 2015, and 35 fatalities. 

The new speed limit changes are set to take effect in the next two weeks.

One council member tells Channel 3 the expense to taxpayers will be "minimal," saying the city has its own sign shop and can recycle old signs.

The city will remove the following specific speed limits:

  • Central Avenue -- East Third Street to Rossville Boulevard (35mph)
  • Chamberlain Avenue, North -- Citico Avenue to Glass Street (35mph)
  • Derby Street -- Third Street to Citico Avenue (35mph)
  • Dodson Avenue -- Third Street to Glass Street (35mph) ; Wilder Street to Harrison Pike (35mph)
  • Hamill Road -- Hixson Pike to State Route 153 (35mph) ; State Route 153 to Cassandra Smith Road (40mph)
  • Jersey Pike -- Oakwood Drive to Highway 58 (35mph) ; Shallowford Road to Hancock Road (40mph)
  • Manufacturers Road -- Cherokee Boulevard to U.S. Highway 27 (35mph)
  • McCallie Avenue -- Central Avenue to Houston Street (35mph) ; eastern side of McCallie Avenue Tunnel to Central Avenue (40mph)
  • Ninth Street East -- Georgia Avenue to Central Avenue (35mph)
  • Rossville Avenue -- Main Street to Central Avenue (35mph)
  • Thirty-Eighth Street -- Alton Park Boulevard to Thirty-Seventh Street (35mph)
  • Tunnel Boulevard -- Wilcox Boulevard to New York Avenue (35mph)
  • Wilhoit Street -- Rossville Boulevard to Main Street (35mph)

The city will add the following specific speed limits:

  • Bonny Oaks Drive -- New York Avenue to Parkway Drive (35mph)
  • Campbell Street -- Glass Street to New York Avenue (35mph)
  • Central Avenue -- East 11th Street to Rossville Boulevard (35mph)
  • East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard -- Georgia Avenue to Central Avenue (25mph)
  • Hamill Road -- Hixson Pike to Cassandra Smith Road (35mph)
  • Jersey Pike -- Shallowford Road to Bonny Lake Lane (35mph)
  • McCallie Avenue -- Central Avenue to Georgia Avenue (25mph) ; the eastern side of McCallie Avenue Tunnel to Central Avenue. (35mph)
  • Tennessee Avenue -- St. Elmo Avenue to West 37th Street  (25mph)
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