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St. Charles works to slow traffic downtown

ST. CHARLES – The city of St. Charles is making an effort to get motorists to drive the speed limit while traveling through downtown.

According to a news release issued Aug. 12, temporary radar speed display signs will be installed on Main Street and extra police patrols will be out to bring awareness of – and enforce – the posted 25 mph speed limit.

The police department recently conducted a traffic study confirming that vehicles consistently exceed the speed limit between Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue, the release stated.

“We want to make sure whether you are walking or driving in downtown St. Charles, it’s a safe, comfortable experience,” Erik Mahan, commander of the St. Charles Police Department’s traffic division, stated in the release.

He noted that Main Street accommodates a lot of traffic, as it is a state highway that connects other state highways, namely Route 31 and Route 25.

The release indicated the 25 mph zone could be expanded to Seventh Street and Seventh Avenue to potentially calm traffic.

Mayor Ray Rogina supports such a measure, the release stated.

“It is my goal to work with staff to convince the Illinois Department of Transportation to expand the 25 mph speed limit zone,” Rogina stated in the release. “I believe it would encourage foot traffic and be favorable to our downtown businesses.”

Contact Mahan at 630-377-4405 for information.

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