Paris Town Board seeking lowering of speed limit on Highway A

The Paris Town Board is seeking a lowering of the speed limit on two stretches of Highway A in the town.

The board unanimously approved two resolutions Tuesday asking Kenosha County to conduct traffic studies and implement a reduction of the speed limit on Highway A between Highway 142 and Highway D and in the vicinity of the 134oo block of Highway A.

Current speed limit in both areas is 55 mph.

The action is in reaction to residents that petitioned the town asking for the reduction, said Tim Pruitt, village attorney.

Because the road is a county highway, the town cannot make the change on its own. When town officials consulted with the county, county officials asked that the town request the study.

The ultimate decision on lowering the limit will lie with the county.

Fire Chief Roland Iwen said he supported a lowering of the speed limit to 45 mph.

“People drive too fast,” Iwen said of there targeted areas, adding that there have been crashes there lately.

Roger Gahart, Paris School district administrator, said families with children have been moving into the area near the 13400 block area, meaning there are four bus stops there daily — one for elementary and one for high school.

“There are a lot of kids there now,” Gahart said. “It’s a lot different than it was a few years ago.” He recently experienced a near miss traffic crash there himself, he added.

Supervisor Ron Kammerzelt said he has personally witnessed dangerous situations along the 13400 block stretch as well, some involving bicyclists. A 55 mph speed limit is “way too fast” due to hills and curves.

Supervisor Ken Monson pointed out that a change in the speed limit might also bring increased traffic enforcement by the sheriff’s department.

“You’ve got to kind of watch what you wish for,” Monson said. “If you’re speeding, you’re going to get a ticket.”

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