COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - As traffic fatalities continue to mount in 2018, the city of Colorado Springs has announced slower speed limits on four major roads.
The city hopes the move will help curtail the number of collisions occurring on the roadways.
The move will take effect by the end of the month and affect the following:
- Academy Boulevard from Pikes Peak Avenue to Milton Proby Parkway: 50 mph to 45 mph
- Centennial Boulevard-North of Garden of the Gods Road: 40mph to 35 mph
- Flying W Ranch Road from Centennial Boulevard to 30th Street: 35mph to 30mph
- 21st Street from Lower Gold Camp Road to US 24 West: 40mph to 35mph
Last week, Colorado Springs broke a 32-year-old record for deadly crashes in a year. With another fatal crash Monday -- the city's 46th -- Colorado Springs is averaging roughly a fatal crash a week.
“The record number of traffic fatalities is taking a toll on our community. We are experiencing an overall increase of 10 miles per hour over the speed citywide,” said Kathleen Krager, Colorado Springs city traffic engineer. “The greater speed a vehicle is traveling at the time of a crash, the greater chance it will result in serious bodily injury or death. Reducing the speed limit and making speeds more consistent throughout the length of the corridor will create more predictability and provide more reaction time for all roadway users.”