A week after concluding that they would seek an official opinion from the state’s attorney general, the mayor of Lansing said Thursday there might be another way for the city to reduce the speed limit on some of its streets.
The Lansing City Council had studied options for reducing the speed limits from 30 to 20 miles per hour on many of its residential roadways in a work session last week after council members said they heard numerous concerns from residents over the safety of the higher speed limit. However, the limit had been established by a 1994 Kansas statute requiring residential streets be marked as 30 miles per hour unless a traffic and engineering study showed justification for changing it.
The council at the end of that session had resigned to first seek the state attorney general’s office to clarify the existing law. But Mayor Ken Bernard at the end of the regular meeting Thursday said further parsing of the statute indicates there could be another option.
“We think that we’ve uncovered some interesting information that would allow us to do this in-house at no cost,” he said, referring to the needed traffic studies to change the limits.
That information follows correspondence with the League of Kansas Municipalities about the 1994 statute. Bernard said the city had to be positive of the legalality of the solution first and then he would appoint a committee to look into the process and start developing a plan.
“We may still have some streets left at 30, if we don’t any justification for decreasing them,” he said. “But we’ll be decreasing a lot of them”