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City council to consider changing speed limit on Pima between Dodge and Swan

Posted: 6:22 AM, Dec 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-04 10:35:03-05
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TUCSON, Ariz. - The Tucson City Council is scheduled to discuss whether or not to change the speed limit along a midtown street.

The speed limit along Pima Street between Dodge Boulevard and Swan Road is currently 35 miles per hour, however, after that stretch, the speed limit goes down to 30 miles per hour.

Ward 6 councilman Steve Kozachik said he'd like to see the entire stretch of road go down to a consistent 30 miles per hour.

"What I'm asking the council to do is drop that speed limit to a consistent 30 miles per hour," Kozachik said.

Adding that the change is something he's worked on for some time now.

The process to get a speed limit changed requires a special reason for the change, Kozachik explained, since it is set by the state.

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"The special condition that I'm pointing to on this segment of Pima is a combination of things. It's a bike lane, it's pedestrian path, it's schools, it's churches, it's rehab centers, there's residences. So the message is, let's slow everyone down a bit, let's save some lives," Kozachik said.

Kozachik added if the city council votes to approve the change, the Tucson Department of Transportation will be in charge of both ordering the new 30 mile per hour signs and switching them out with the 35 mile per hour signs.

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