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Slow Down Sign Making a Difference in Cylinder

By Staff | Nov 19, 2020

WATCH YOUR SPEED! -- The City of Cylinder installed a permanent slow down sign on Highway 18 over the summer to help curb dangerous, excessive speeding. The sign was purchased with funds from a Palo Alto Gaming & Development/Wild Rose Casino mini grant. Pictured (from left), City Clerk Kathy Heng, Mayor Harry Bormann, and Councilmen Kurt Bonnstetter & Cary Anderson express their gratitude for the new sign. -- submitted photo

Thanks to a Palo Alto Gaming & Development/Wild Rose Casino mini grant, the City of Cylinder installed a permanent traffic slow down sign on Highway 18 (Cylinder Main St.) in early July. The sign is located near 2nd St. as you enter Cylinder from the north, where the speed limit drops to 25 mph.

“The 25 mph speed limit on our main street was NOT being obeyed,” said Harry Bormann, Mayor of Cylinder. “Excessive speed becomes a dangerous hazard as customers cross Highway 18 for the Post Office, Haack’s Nest Restaurant, Affordable Glass and our new flower shop. This is in addition to our many residents and children that cross Highway 18 walking and traveling to City Park.”

With over 10,000 vehicles passing through Cylinder per week , the need to curb excessive speeds for the safety of the community became extremely important, and the the sign has been a big help.

“The sign IS working,” said Bormann. “We have noticed traffic slows down as they approach the new slow down sign. We believe the sign has already saved serious injury and possibly a life, when a northbound car crossed the center line and struck a southbound truck near the sign.”

Bormann expressed gratitude towards those drivers currently obeying the speed limit and offered a warning to the drivers still speeding past.

“Thanks to all that slow down coming into Cylinder. For those that continue to speed through, ENFORCEMENT (speeding tickets) will be our next step.”