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Drivers may get chance to speed up

School zones off limits for now.

The chance for motorists to put more pressure on the pedal is likely on highways and streets through Gothenburg.

Under consideration by local council members is a proposal that raises the speed limit in several parts of the city.

The council discussed the issue at its Jan. 17 meeting and introduced a measure which would change limits, based on recommendations by the Nebraska Department of Highway Safety.

Proposed highway changes are as follows:

 

Highway 30, from 800 feet west of Second Avenue to the west end of the tail-race bridge, from 40 to 45 mph.

Highway 30, from 700 feet east of Avenue L to 2,100 feet east of Avenue L, from 45 to 60 mph.

Highway 47, from the north end of the bridge over the north channel of the Platte River to a point 1,000 feet south, a decrease from 50 to 45 mph.

Highway 47, from the south line of Highland Drive, to the north line of 27th Street, from 35 to 45 mph.

The community may not realize that speed limits in the school zone, or on streets surrounding the school (with the exception of Avenue I), are 15 mph year-round.

The council is considering whether or not to change the limit.

However, when yellow lights flash on Avenue I, as students are arriving and leaving school, the speed limit remains at 15 mph. Otherwise, motorists can accelerate to 25 mph.

What the council proposes for changes in street speed limits, in other locations throughout the city, are:

Cottonwood Drive, south of the railroad tracks, from 25 to 35 mph.

West Fourth Street to city limits, from 25 to 35 mph.

Avenue L, from Highway 30 to 10th Street, from 25 to 35 mph.

Council members discussed increasing the limit from 25 to 35 mph, between Highway 47 and Avenue G on 27th Street, but decided against it.

If the changes are approved after a third reading by council members, signs will be posted.

In other action, the council granted requests by Wild Horse Golf Club golf professional Don Graham, for a special liquor license at two upcoming events.

On Feb. 11, Wild Horse will cater a meal, where alcohol will be served, at a Gothenburg Memorial Hospital Foundation fund-raiser at the downtown Nebraska Salt & Grain building, 602 10th St.

Alcohol will also be served at a Feb. 24 Ducks Unlimited banquet, at the same location.

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