GENEVA – Aldermen acting as the Committee of the Whole voted unanimously Monday to recommend reducing the speed limit to 30 miles an hour from 40 on Kaneville Road from Randall Road west to the city limits.
The vote was for an amendment to the city’s traffic code reducing the speed limit.
The reduction in speed was the result of a 48-hour speed study and analysis by WBK Engineering of St. Charles done from July 29 to July 31, 2019, officials said.
The study was in response to a Ginger Lane resident’s request regarding the safety of exiting the southeastern entrance of Ginger Lane at Kaneville Road, officials said.
The engineers monitored speeds on Kaneville Road between Peck Road and Fargo Boulevard and found most vehicles traveled at 30 to 34 miles an hour, 1,863 going east and 1,068 going west, documents show.
Also going east, 1,421 went at 35 to 39 miles an hour, documents show.
The study noted that westbound traffic faces a change of direction in a 1,200-foot curve that leads to rural land west of Peck Road. The eastbound traffic goes from a rural area to Fargo Boulevard.
The study noted that Geneva Middle School South is at the southeast quadrant of Kaneville and Peck roads with the primary access being Viking Drive about 1,700 feet east of Peck Road.
WBK Engineering cited safety concerns as there are pedestrian crossings at every intersection between Peck Road and Fargo Boulevard – most of them marked and creating a false sense for drivers thinking they can drive at higher speeds without concern, documents show.
The 40 mile-an-hour speed limit abruptly drops to 20 miles an hour in a School Zone, according to the study.
“It’s challenging for motorists to drastically reduce their speed in the existing condition which potentially creates an unsafe situation within the school zone,” according to the study.
The committee’s recommendation will go to the City Council for final action.
City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins said the speed limit change would likely not be immediate once the City Council acts because the city still has to buy new speed limit signs and put them up.
Though the study recommended using speed bumps, but Police Chief Eric Passarelli studies show people speed up after they slow down and the speed bumps can damage show plows.