Slow down coming into town on 223
By PAUL OVERLIE
Liberty County Times
The Speed limit on highway 223 heading into Chester has been altered. It used to be a slowdown zone going to 45 mph just south of town, 35 mph just past the edge of town and 25 mph up near the clinic.
Those slow down zones have now been extended south so check the signs!
The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department wants local residents to realize that the zone now hits 25 mph 2 ½ blocks into town just past Jackson Avenue. The 35 mph sign is right at the edge of town.
“They didn’t move it as far south as we would have liked,” Liberty County Sheriff Doug Riggin said. “They only moved the 25 mph sign a little over 2 blocks.”
He noted that there is an apartment complex right on the south edge of town where several kids live and that creates safety concerns. They did move the sign back enough to slow the posted speed to 25 mph before the pre-school at the Methodist Church and a day care center a little further north. Also, there are a lot of kids now living in the area of town west of the highway and they have to cross that highway to get to anything in town, including the city park and the schools.
The attempt to get the speed limit changed began after several parents voiced concerns about the speed limits. The Sheriff, along with county and city officials, sent a letter to the state voicing those concerns. The State did an environmental impact study and decided to move the signs to the new location.
So Slow down coming into town from the south!
It should also be noted that the speed limit begins AT the sign, not when you see the sign. Taking a few more seconds before you speed up will not extend the time it take to get where you are going by any measurable amount, and it just might save you from an accident or even save a life.Posted: by OverlieP