Hayden man successful at getting speed limit reduced

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— A resident is optimistic the Town Board's recent action will slow down traffic on a busy side street.

At the urging of resident Bruce Carson, the Town Board recently lowered the speed limit on a portion of East Washington Avenue from 25 mph to 15 mph.

"I really appreciate this," Carson said. "The biggest concern I have is the well-being of my child and for other children in the neighborhood."

Earlier this year, Carson said his son was almost struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle on East Washington Avenue.

The Town Board reduced the speed limit for a two-block stretch between Pine and Walnut streets.

Hayden Police Chief Jody Lenahan and Town Manager Rob Straebel spent a portion of last Thursday monitoring traffic in the area.

"I believe if we lower the speed in this two-block section, it will be a lot safer," Lenahan said.

Carson approached the board because the amount of traffic has increased on the road since it was paved about two years ago. Carson has lived in the neighborhood for three years and told the board motorists are ignoring two speed limit signs and a sign regarding a hearing-impaired child that lives in the neighborhood.

"There have been times I have yelled at motorists to slow down from my front yard," Carson said.

Carson contributes the increased traffic on the road because motorists are using it as a bypass. East Washington Avenue runs parallel to Jefferson Avenue, which turns into U.S. 40.

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