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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester motorists could find out in a few weeks if they will face a lower speed limit in much of the city - a 20 mph limit.

The Public Works Dept. has been developing and fine-tuning a proposed ordinance that would give the City Engineer authority to set speed limits.

The council is expected to resume its discussion of the proposal Nov.16th and could be ready to make a decision. The City Engineer is recommending “a city-wide speed limit of 20 mph on local streets and within the Central Business district, unless otherwise signed.”

A survey conducted in 2018 found “traffic speeding as the top public safety concern among Rochester residents.”

The Public Works Dept. says the city “regularly receives complaints from residents about traffic speeds on specific streets. Many of these complaints lead to deployment of the Police Department’s radar speed feedback trailer, and when analyzed, speeds are often shown not to exceed the current 30 mph speed limit. This suggests that many residents view the current speed limit as too high.”

The city says “A growing body of research shows that speed limit changes alone can lead to measurable declines in speeds and crashes on city streets, even without increased enforcement or engineering changes.”

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