Existing speed limits will remain by Valley Center High School

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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VALLEY CENTER, Kan.-- Although a group of teens have proposed a speed limit reduction, Sedgwick County engineers have recommended to maintain existing speed limits by Valley Center High School.

"In my professional opinion, the data does not support it. What it takes is the students choosing to drive wiser," said Mark Borst, Sedgwick County traffic engineer.

On Tuesday, a group of students from the SAFE team attended the site council meeting to hear the findings and recommendations from a Sedgwick County traffic study.

"If we can lower the speed limit hopefully it will reduce the amount of near accidents that we have," said Laura Karst, SAFE team member.

Since the school opened three years ago, there have been six crashes near 93rd and Meridian.

Engineers recommended to maintain the existing speed limit of 55 miles per hour, add "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop" signs this week, add street lights at the school entrances along Meridian in the next two months, and continue to monitor the traffic data near 93rd Street and Meridian.

Karst remains hopeful that speed limits may change in the future. Only the Sedgwick County Commission can vote to change the speed limit.

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