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Speed limit raised on portions of Valley Ridge Boulevard
City Council passed an ordinance Monday to raise the speed limit from 30 m.p.h. to 40 m.p.h. on the new Valley Ridge Boulevard extension that runs from College Street to Mill Street. That 1.6-mile, four-lane divided roadway connects IH-35E to SH 121 Business. It opened in early October with the 30 m.p.h. speed limit. A speed study was conducted to establish a regulatory speed.
Speed limits on roads in Lewisville are set by the 85th percentile speed method. The 85th percentile speed represents the speed that most drivers are traveling at or below. The speed limit is then set at the nearest value to the 85th percentile speed ending in 5 or 0.
The 85th percentile speed on the new Valley Ridge Boulevard extension is 44.8 m.p.h. Based off the 85th percentile, the speed limit should be set at 45 m.p.h., but dips in the roadway at the intersections with Mill Street and College Street are causing some drivers to bottom out. That being the case, it was determined the speed would be set at 40 m.p.h.
City leaders also passed an ordinance to raise the speed limit on the existing section of Valley Ridge Boulevard between College Street and SH 121 Business. The current posted speed limit is 35 m.p.h. It will be raised to 40 m.p.h.
City crews plan to start installing the new speed limit signs on both areas of Valley Ridge Boulevard later next week.