Courtesy of Nevada Department of Transportation —
NDOT has just adjusted the speed limit from 25 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour on just over one mile of U.S. 50 between Whitaker Lane and just west of Harrigan Road in Fallon.
NDOT carefully evaluated this area by conducting a formal speed study. These engineering studies analyze average speeds currently being traveled by motorists, the history of crashes, geometry and turn movements on the roadway and many other factors.
The speed study found that the majority of drivers were traveling through the previous 25 mph section at average speeds of 30 to 34 mph.
By changing the speed limit from 25 to 30 mph, NDOT aims to harmonize travel speeds along this section of roadway to what the majority of drivers are already traveling.
When applied in appropriate areas, these more consistent speed limits can further promote traffic safety by reducing potentially dangerous speed differential in which motorists traveling at over the speed limit come upon- or overtake- drivers traveling at the lower, posted speed limit.
Seven new speed limit signs were installed Monday, Aug. 12 noting the new speed limit. Motorists are reminded to follow all currently-posted official speed limit signs. It is also illegal to drive faster than speeds that are safe for current roadway conditions, including inclement weather.
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