Changes in speed limits to proceed

Some residents north of Columbia express concern about higher speed limits on roads.
Friday, June 18, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:31 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Despite concerns by some county residents, the Boone County Commission approved changes to speed limits on seven roads Thursday after hearing the proposal for the third and final time.

The roads under contention were Obermiller, Roemer and Blackfoot. Community reaction to the changes had been mixed, with some citizens calling the commission to voice their concerns, but no formal public comment was presented at any of the three meetings.

In response to continuing concern by residents who walk dogs and ride bikes on Obermiller Road, Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller said she voted in favor of the changes because “Obermiller was built as an arterial road, not a pedestrian one.”

Allison Anderson, a project engineer with Boone County Public Works said Wednesday she believes the speed limit changes will go into effect immediately, but it will take the department a few weeks to change the signs.

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