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4/6/2014 8:05:00 AM
Lower speed limit proposed to be slowed on Main Street toward Clarkdale
Residents of the Grey Fox Ridge subdivision told the council they worried they would be hit by speeding cars when exiting Main or leaving the subdivision in Cottonwood and Broadway in Clarkdale. VVN/Jon Hutchinson
Residents of the Grey Fox Ridge subdivision told the council they worried they would be hit by speeding cars when exiting Main or leaving the subdivision in Cottonwood and Broadway in Clarkdale. VVN/Jon Hutchinson

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter


The Cottonwood City Council was asked last Tuesday to lower the speed limit on Main Street toward Clarkdale.

Residents of the Grey Fox Ridge subdivision told the council they worried they would be hit by speeding cars when exiting Main or leaving the subdivision in Cottonwood and Broadway in Clarkdale.

While speeds in Cottonwood are posted at 25 mph, speeds rapidly rise to 50 mph after leaving Old Town

The homeowners suggested that speeds should be reduced past the city limits into Clarkdale as well to accommodate slowing at Grey Fox Ridge as well On the Greens.

The city already has already been investigating use of a traffic calming island to slow traffic coming into Old Town from Clarkdale and now has proposed to move that island further to the west on the road.

Manager Doug Bartosh says he has spoken with the Clarkdale manager Gayle Mabery who has said the town would assist.



-- Contact the reporter at jhutchinson@verdenews.com


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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Randy Hunt

A lot of people drive with their ego in their right foot. They are puny individuals with attitudes otherwise. Those are the ones that should be required to commute on bicycles for awhile to get a perspective of how people like themselves are driving.

Posted: Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Article comment by: Slater Slater

Why not look up House Bill 2847 to be enacted in July if you want a real dose of
reality.


Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: @ Really?

When the speed limit falls in one section, it's only a matter of time before it falls in the next, and the next, etc. It's the domino effect.

Anyway, lines of slow-moving cars would probably cause longer wait times for Ridgies and Greenies, not shorter, at which point they'd demand signal lights. Then Clarkdalians would really be seeing red!


Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Right on, pf

What a non-issue. (Sorry for dawdling in front of you on my way out of Cottonwood.)

Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Carl Rowe

Actually, Mary, the empty road between here and there will remain at 50 mph.
OMG, you will lose your 50 mph for a few hundred yards, giving you ample time to vent your anger and salute at will. Perhaps Grey Eagle and Over the Lettuce residents won't have to slow so drastically as to impede your progress.
Besides, the 100 yard lowering of speed limits at the Clarkdale intersection is surely a money maker for Clarkdales radar trap. Suggestion to OMG, breathe deeply.


Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Good lord- over react much? Really?

It seems that folks are thinking this means 25 from old town all the way to the 'y' in Clarkdale?

Seems that the city is only changing the limit in it's own limits, and is working with Clarkdale to address that transition.

The article was admittedly unclear.. but it looks like a grand total of bout .4 to .5 miles of roadway are affected. Doing the math we see that covering 1/2 mile takes 6 seconds at 50 mph, so if you actually did 25 you are looking at 12 seconds... (actually a portion of the 1/2 mile is already in the 35 to 25 range so the difference is even less but whatever.

So all this stress over an extra 6 seconds out of your day... how long did it take to type your comments?

Breath guys... life is not a race to the finish, rather a journey to the end, so take your time.


Posted: Monday, April 7, 2014
Article comment by: Old Town Cottonwood Resident

My family has lived in Old Town for a little more than 6 years, just down from where the speed limit drops to 25 as Broadway becomes Main St. Let me tell you that if these other residents of this corridor are traveling at 35mph, they are the ONLY ones. If the City of Cottonwood wanted to "increase their revenues" via speeding tickets, all the would need for a great month would be 2 days of speed enforcement. Ever since the roundabouts went in on 89A, Broadway/Main has become a thoroughfare for those whom cannot drive on 89A. 2 signs ob Broadway that NOBODY pays attention to, Speed Limit 25 and No Engine Braking.

Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: Oh My God

... the speed limit let's people drive all the way up to 50 mph?

On a highway?

The nerve!

How has anyone survived such an irresponsible speed limit?

Evel Knievel would love this place.

Having lived for 15 years in Clarkdale's Tuzigoot Heights, I made the drive into Cottonwood and back daily, if not several times a day.

Trust me, speed is not the issue for that stretch of road. Most folks, as they leave Old Town, disregard the slowly increasing speed limits as the head towards Clarkdale, and plod along at 25 mph anyway.

I know. Lord, I know.

Hundreds of times over the past 15 years, I have quietly screamed (good car acoustics) at those in front of me to at least go the posted speed limits so I could get home in less than 15 minutes from the old Mt. Hope store.

Besides, reducing the speed into Old Town from Clarkdale further out will provide Cottonwood the opportunity to increase City revenues by setting up radar traps for those habitually driving that recklessly allowed step-down speed of 35 mph (not the 25 posted) into Old Town.

Suggestion to Grey Hawk owners: Learn to look both ways and yield to traffic.

Hey, maybe they can petition ADOT to put in another beloved traffic circle?

Unless, of course, it is the new Grey Hawk folks driving too fast.

pf


Posted: Sunday, April 6, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Sturgeon

Well I live in Clarkdale and work in cottonwood.Now why should I have to go 25 miles an hour on the empty road between here and there while trying to get to work or the store?




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