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County looking to slow it down on two roads
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Effingham County commissioners want to drop the speed limit on 4th Street Extension from the Rincon city limits to Bunyan Kessler Road from 55 mph (in the background) to 45 mph. - photo by Photo by Pat Donahue

Effingham County commissioners are looking at lower the speed limit on two roads.

Commissioners want to drop the speed limit on 4th Street Extension between the Rincon city limits and Bunyan Kessler Road to 45 mph and also lower the speed limits on Honey Ridge Road.

“That road is getting more congested every day,” Chairwoman Verna Phillips said of 4th Street Extension. “It’s really getting bad.”

The county has sent a memo to Jerry Brinson, an engineer with Moreland Altobelli.

County Clerk Patrice Morris told commissioner a traffic engineer had to inspect the road in order for the sheriff’s deputies to be able to use radar on it.

“It is not a long stretch of road,” she said.

Without the ability to use radar, that means any speeding tickets issued on the order would have to come from officers “pacing” vehicles, where they use their speedometers to see how fast vehicles are traveling.

A engineer study of 4th Street Extension could be $1,500 and a similar study of Honey Ridge Road would be about $2,000.

“I realize we don’t have money to throw around,” Phillips said, “but it is a safety issue.”

Commissioners are expected to review an ordinance on lowering the speed limits on the two roads at their July 17 meeting. The July 17 meeting will be their only one of the month.