RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - After multiple calls from drivers to increase the speed limit on the SouthEast Connector, it’s finally happening.
The City of Reno announced effective immediately, the speed limit on the SouthEast Connector will increase from 45 mph to 55 mph.
"Within the last couple of years the RTC conducted a speed study to see what vehicles are actually traveling," Kurt Dietrich, a traffic engineer with the City of Reno, said. "So that was very close to the design speed so based on the prevailing speeds and the design speed, we've set it for 55 miles per hour starting this morning."
Reno Public Works crews installed the new speed limit signs on sections of the 5.5-mile stretch.
The original speed limit of 45 mph was set when the stretch opened in July 2018, but the city says many commuters who use the stretch of road requested a speed limit increase.
To make the change, the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County conducted a speed study on three cross sections of the SEC. The traffic study showed the vast majority of commuters traveled above 45 mph and engineers recommended to increase the speed limit to 55 mph.
"Another consideration was pedestrian and bike safety. On this segment where we've increased the speed limit to 55, there's actually a separation of vehicles from bicyclists and pedestrians," he said.
However, the entire stretch won’t be 55 mph, the city says the bridge on the north end of the SEC will increase from 40 mph to 45 mph. The section of Veterans Parkway that runs south of the South Meadows Parkway intersection will remain at 45 mph.
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