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Lower Speeds Possible For Sappington & Kirkham Avenues

July 06, 2018
The Glendale Board of Aldermen is expected to vote on Aug. 6 on lowering the speed limit by 5 mph on North Sappington Road and West Kirkham Avenue.

Police Chief Jeffrey Beaton on July 2 said he had conducted a speed study on the two roads over the last year after receiving complaints from residents.

The study included police enforcement of speed limits on both roads. Police reported that the vast majority of drivers were traveling at or below the 30 mph posted speed limit, Beaton said.

Speed trailers were placed in numerous spots on both roads to collect speed data.

On North Sappington, which has an average of 21,500 vehicles a week, the average speed was 26.8 mph, Beaton said. For West Kirkham, which carries an average of about 22,000 vehicles a week, the average speed was 28.2 mph.

Changing the speed limit for Glendale's part of Kirkham makes a lot of sense, since the stretch of Kirkham in Webster Groves has a 25 mph speed limit, he said.

He suggested the same reduction on North Sappington, which carries a lot of pedestrian traffic, including children going to and from North Glendale Elementary School (which has a 15 mph speed limit in a school zone).

Beaton said the sidewalks on North Sappington are within inches of the road.

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