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Speed Limit Changed

By Staff | Aug 4, 2011

Emmetsburg City Council amended the speed limit on 25th Street (380th Street) at their meeting last week. Action came after a public hearing, at which there were no objections.

Emmetsburg Police Chief Eric Hanson worked with Palo Alto County Engineer Joel Fantz to establish the speed limit within the city limits and into the county.

The speed limit was amended by ordinance, noting that appropriate speed limit signs will be placed on 25th Street for eastbound and westbound traffic.

Speed limit of 25 mph for eastbound traffic begins at Highway 4 and ends at the 35 mph zone (near the ILEC building); for westbound traffic, 25 mph begins at a point approximately 1410 feet east of the Highway 4/25th Street intersection and ends at Highway 4.

Speed limit of 35 mph for eastbound traffic begins approximately 1410 feet east of the Highway 4/25th Street intersection and ends at the 55 mph zone (at Ontario Street); for westbound traffic, 35 mph begins at a point approximately 3080 feet east of the Highway 4/25th Street intersection and ends at the 25 mph zone.

Speed limit of 55 mph for eastbound traffic begins approximately 3080 feet east of Highway 4/25th Street intersection; for westbound traffic, 55 mph limit within the city limits when approaching Emmetsburg from the west and ending at the 35 mph zone.

A speed reduction warning sign will be placed approximately 4080 feet east of the Highway 4/25th Street intersection (west of Blue Water Truck Wash) to alert drivers of the upcoming 35 mph speed zone.

The issue came to the attention of Emmetsburg City Council after a truck driver had received a ticket for speed violation. Eastbound, there was only one speed limit sign.

Currently the speed detection trailer is located on 25th Street to remind drivers of the revised speed limits.