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Monroe County plans on changing speed limits in certain locations

A speed limit sign is seen June 13, 2022, on East Seventh Street. Monroe County will change speed limits in certain locations in the coming weeks.
A speed limit sign is seen June 13, 2022, on East Seventh Street. Monroe County will change speed limits in certain locations in the coming weeks.

Various speed limits around Bloomington will be changed based on current traffic patterns and infrastructure after the Monroe County Traffic Commission and the Board of Commissioners approved changes.

In a May 19 meeting, the Traffic Commission talked about the Highland Park Estates subdivision. Due to an interconnected subdivision scheduled for construction, a few roads in the subdivision will reduce the speed limit to 25 miles per hour. 

Lisa Ridge, the highway director for Monroe County, said in a Herald-Times article that a sign recommendation can happen either by a county highway engineer’s inspection or by a citizen’s proposal. In either case, she said the Monroe County Traffic Commission and the Board of Commissioners must approve all changes. 

The Board of Commissioners met on June 8 and unanimously approved the changes, according to the Herald-Times. Citizens can still comment and view the proposal for two weeks before implementation begins. 

The County Commissioners’ agenda included making changes on Hunter’s Creek Road between Ind. 446 and Tower Ridge Road as well as Ison Road West and Tower Road. On Hunter’s Creek Road, the speed limit will increase to 35 miles per hour and at Ison Road West and Tower Road, the yield sign will move to the southbound side of the intersection. 

Similarly, the County Commissioners approved lowering the speed limit on a portion of Rockport Road between State Road 37 and the Bloomington city limits to 30 miles per hour. 

Ridge said to the Herald-Times, that the decision was made in order to match the speed limit of the road entering Bloomington’s jurisdiction.

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