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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Jeff Adamson, Communications Manager, 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee) George Stuart, Traffic Engineer, 509-667-3076 (Wenatchee)
CHELAN – The 25 mph speed limit on State Route 150 will be extended a quarter-mile along the north shore of Lake Chelan, near the Chelan City Park, effective Monday, May 2.
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is extending the 25 mph zone west toward Manson from Park Pointe condominiums to Spader Bay Road. The speed limit there was 35.
A WSDOT radar study showed that the average speed through this zone had dropped to 30 mph. Traffic volumes through this fast-developing area have increased from 7,800 vehicles per day five years ago to more than 9,500 today.
Collision records show that there were four crashes along this stretch from 2007 to 2009. Two were rear-end collisions; both westbound at Spader Bay Rd. The other two involved single vehicles striking an object off the road.
The revision was requested a year ago by the Park Pointe Condominium Assn. and was supported by the city of Chelan and the Washington State Patrol.
For more information about how WSDOT sets speed limits, visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Operations/Traffic/speedlimits.htm.
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