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Wendy Reuer, Published February 18 2014

Fargo commissioners raise speed limit on 32nd Avenue North

FARGO – The City Commission here gave the green light to increasing the speed limit on 32nd Avenue North from Broadway to University Drive from 25 mph to 30 mph.

The 30-mph speed limit will go into effect Monday.

After improvements to the road last summer, which widened it from 36 feet to 40 with curb and gutter, Traffic Engineer Jeremy Gordon proposed increasing the speed limit in December.

He said at the time that drivers felt more comfortable driving at the higher speed on the improved road.

“I think it’s a pretty common-sense approach,” Gordon said Tuesday.

A November traffic study showed that about 85 percent of traffic on the road drove at or below 35 mph.

Gordon said he received six letters or emails from residents supporting the higher speed limit and five from those opposing the increase.

Mayor Dennis Walaker praised the project overall and said he supported the higher speed.

The commission unanimously voted to increase the speed limit.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Wendy Reuer at (701) 241-5530