February 7, 2017
After careful consideration and public response to recommendations from the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to increase speed limits on portions of Highway 21/Quintard Avenue/McClellan Blvd. and U.S. 431/McClellan Veterans Parkway/Golden Springs Road, city leaders decided to keep speed limits as they are.
A research study conducted by ALDOT soon after the completion of McClellan Veterans Parkway was done to determine natural travel patterns and motorists’ behavior as well as the impact that the ability for travelers to access the new corridor would have on other thoroughfares in the City. Taken into account were geometry, ingress/egress points as well as speed.
ALDOT researchers discovered that, while some drivers were traveling the speed limit, others were traveling 15 to 20 mph faster, leading to unsafe conditions. Creating a consistent speed to which all abide by was the goal.
Anniston City Council members heard recommendations from the city engineer based on the ALDOT study during a regularly scheduled work session in late January. Afterward, a public notification process prompted residents to contact council members and voice their concerns.
City officials continue to consider the study’s findings that address the portion of U.S. 431 in the vicinity of Henry Road and to the south and will continue to research solutions with ALDOT officials.