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McCourtney Rd Speed Limits Must Go Up

The speed limit is going up on a busy stretch of McCourtney Road and Nevada County Supervisors are not happy about it. Public Works Director Trisha Tillotson told the Board that a recent study mandated by the state establishes speed limits to the nearest five-miles-an-hour increment, based on the 85th percentile of motorists’ speed. And with that criteria, speed limits on five segments between Auburn and Indian Springs Roads could have gone up another eight to twelve miles an hour. But she said they did manage to keep increases from going up no higher than five miles per hour, because of the road’s condition, including its narrow shoulders….

click to listen to Trisha Tillotson

But Supervisor Sue Hoek, whose district includes McCourtney Road, blasted the state criteria the county must abide by…

click to listen to Sue Hoek

Supervisor Dan Miller also pointed out that there have been 35 accidents on that stretch over the last five years. And in response to concerns about bicyclists and pedestrians from Supervisor Hardy Bullock, Tillotson said speed limits can’t be adjusted to accomodate non-motorists, although advisory signs can be posted about their presence.

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