Casper City Council advances proposed speed limit changes

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Three Casper streets may soon have new speed limits.

Signs alerting drivers to the original E. Second Street speed limit change in Casper, Wyo. on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Casper City Council members voted Tuesday to advance proposed changes to speed limits on King Blvd., Metro Road and E. Second Street. The proposal was on its second reading.

Speed limits on King Blvd. and Metro Road would increase from 30 mph to 40 mph.

On E. Second Street, the speed limit would revert back to 30 mph between Park St. and Conwell St. This comes after council members voted in March to reduce the speed limit on that stretch of road to 20 mph.

The changes come after council members listened to the public and consulted with Casper Police. Council members also received numerous complaints about the E. Second Street speed limit reduction. Data also showed the March change didn’t make the road safer.

“What happened is the accident rates actually went up. And we think what happened is that some people were obeying that speed limit and some people weren’t. And whenever you have people driving different speeds, it increases the likelihood of an accident,” Casper Mayor Charlie Powell, Ward II, said.

He cited police data on E. Second Street from the first six months following the speed limit reduction.

He called it a failed experiment.

Council members still have to approve the proposed changes one more time before they can go into effect.