MARQUETTE - Speed limits on Marquette's Wright Street were changed this morning, in light of recent speed studies conducted in the area.
According to Capt. Blake Rieboldt, with the Marquette City Police Department, traffic would back up along parts of Wright Street, where the limits may have been set too low.
"When they started figuring the ... McClellan Avenue extension, we needed to evaluate our traffic control orders and it was a perfect opportunity to conduct some speed studies," he said.
A new speed limit sign, indicating a 35 mph zone from Enterprise Street to Hydro Plant No. 2, is seen this morning along Wright Street in Marquette. Wright Street speed limits were changed today to reflect the results of a recent speed study. (Journal photo by Kyle Whitney)
During the studies, officers in unmarked cars clocked speeds along Wright Street. They then studied the data and set new speeds at about the 85th percentile.
New, increased, speed limits will be 30 mph from Lakeshore Boulevard to Enterprise Street, 35 mph from Enterprise Street to Hydro Plant No. 2 - located just west of the Board of Light and Power - and 45 mph from there to the city limit.
Previously, the speed limit was 25 mph from Lakeshore Boulevard to Kimber Avenue, 35 mph from Kimber Avenue to Hydro Plant No. 2 and 45 from there to the city limit.
Rieboldt said other factors were also considered. For instance, the speed near the Northern Michigan University campus was kept fairly low, as there are often many pedestrians in the area.
Additionally, police made a point to keep the speed shifts away from major intersections, including the Wright Street intersections with McClellan and Ontario avenues.
Generally, prior to conducting speed studies or changing city speed limits, Rieboldt said police will have discussions with the city's planning, community development and engineering departments.
"We don't have any (other studies) going on right now," he said. "There may be some areas we look to correct down the road, but this was the major one at this point."
Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.