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Portland begins posting slower speed limit signs in neighborhoods

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The first of 2,000 new speed limit signs was screwed into place in southeast Portland Tuesday morning.

The speed limit on Southeast 168th Avenue is now 20 mph after city crews took down the 25 mph sign during a news conference near the corner of Southeast Stark Street.

It’s the first speed limit change to take effect since the city council last month approved a proposal to reduce speeds.

Officials said about 70 percent of city neighborhoods will see the change. The signs will all be in place by April 1, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

PBOT officials said studies show people are nearly twice as likely to die in a crash if a driver is going 25 mph compared to 20 mph.

FOX 12 spoke to a handful of neighbors who live along SE 168 Avenue, and all of them said they support the lower speed limit.

Alison Strode’s elderly parents live in the neighborhood and she often visits them there. Strode said it’s not unusual to see speeding. She said she is a little bit skeptical of the new speed limit but hopes it will help.

“It is very residential right here. I don’t know if 5mph will make a difference, but maybe it will get people to pay attention,” Strode said.

The city said it jumped on the opportunity to reduce speed limits in neighborhood streets when state lawmakers gave them the option last year. Before, speeds were set by ODOT.

A captain with the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division said the bureau is not planning any special enforcement operations with the new speeds but added that such operations could be an option if a problem arises.

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