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Helmut Schmidt, Published August 25 2009

Speed limit to drop to 35 mph on south Fargo's 32nd Avenue South

The speed limit on 32nd Avenue South, one of Fargo’s busiest arterial roads, will drop next week.

The City Commission voted 4-0 on Monday to reduce the speed limit from 40 mph to 35 mph between South University Drive and Interstate 29.

The new speed limit begins next Monday.

The reduction was recommended by the traffic technical advisory committee.

An examination of 2007 North Dakota crash data showed that three of the intersections with 32nd Avenue South were among the worst for crashes in the state, said Traffic Engineer Jeremy Gorden.

“If we were to build this over, we’d want to build it 100 feet wider,” Gorden told commissioners.

Gorden said the road has constricted rights of way, mature trees lining the boulevards and medians that cut down sight lines, and there are few dedicated right-turn lanes or bays to allow for smooth transitions for slower-moving vehicles. There is also direct commercial access to the busy road, he said.

Gorden said only two protests were received by the city to reducing the speed limit.

The crash data included not only the number of crashes, but weighted them by whether they resulted in fatalities, injuries or property damage, a North Dakota Department of Transportation memo reports.

The intersections with 32nd Avenue South that made the state list include:

32nd Avenue South Speed Reduction

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583