By David Jenkins
Passing in school speed zones and the speed limit along the recently completed Betsy Lane were discussed in the March 1 meeting.
Murphy Police Lieutenant Adana Barber opened with the speed limit on Betsy Lane between Dublin Road and McCreary Road.
A comparative roadways study in the city and surrounding cities was performed and as a result it was recommended that the entire length of Betsy Lane within the corporate city limits of Murphy be posted at 35 MPH.
Roadways that were part of the study were Lois Rios and Park Lane in Plano (both 35 MPH), Dewitt and Ranch in Sachse (40), Brown in Wylie (45 and changes to 30 around Birmingham Elementary), Renner in Richardson (40), and Brand in Plano and Richardson (both 40).
Currently, part of the roadway on Betsy Lane between Murphy Road and McCreary Road is posted at 35 MPH and in the past has been posted at 45 MPH.
The difference in speed limits can be directly attributed to the widening of Betsy Lane to two lanes on each side with a raised median.
Deputy Mayor pro tem Owais Siddidqui was in favor of the speed change.
“I think this presents us with a way to be more consistent all the way down that road,” he said. “I know we had some complaints about Murphy becoming a speed trap, but those turned out to be false.”
Council didn’t take any action since it was a discussion item. The change will come back before the body as an item for consideration during a future meeting.
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