New speed limit

The speed limit on Superior Avenue was lowered to 30 mph Friday afternoon.

Jourdan Vian/Tomah Newspapers

The speed limit on Superior Avenue north of Arthur Street was lowered to 30 mph Friday as part of a joint project between the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Tomah Public Works Department.

The speed limit near Memorial Park on Superior Avenue was previously 40 mph, but lowered as part of the new walking path project recently completed by the city.

"As a safety concern, they lowered the speed limit to 30," said Public Works foreman Bill Kobleska.

The change was designed to make using the crosswalk halfway between Arthur and Jefferson streets a little more manageable.

"There was a crosswalk at Arthur Street, but people were crossing halfway down the block anyway," said Kobleska.

The state DOT decided it would be best to have a safer method to cross.

"It's not the city's jurisdiction there, but we worked with them, and the city paid some of the cost," Kobleska said.

Although Kobleska couldn't say exactly how much the city spent, he said the cost to Tomah was minimal after it shared costs with the DOT.

Kobleska expects it to take some time for drivers to adjust to the new limit.

"I'm sure there will be an adjustment period," said Kobleska.


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