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Officials desire 45 speed limit on Beech Road

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Jersey Township and New Albany officials want to establish a consistent speed limit of 45 mph on Beech Road from Jug Street to state Route 161.

"We've had several accidents there, the most recent on the Smith's Mill Loop at Beech," said Joseph Stefanov, New Albany city manager.

Stefanov said the speed limit is 55 mph from Jug Street to Smith's Mill Loop.

The speed limit is 35 mph from Smith's Mill Loop to the Route 161 interchange.

Stefanov said raising the speed to 45 mph is safe near the interchange because the roadway is wide and has turning lanes.

Stefanov said the city's Business Park East, also known as the Personal Care and Beauty Campus, has caused increased traffic in the area but Beech Road still is considered a rural road.

City Engineer Ed Ferris said he studied the area and found that Beech Road should be considered in an urban district, not categorized as a rural road.

Stefanov said the city and Jersey Township have jurisdiction on the east and west sides of the road, respectively.

Officials from each local government are petitioning the Ohio Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit south of Jug Street to 45 mph and raise the limit south of Smith's Mill Loop to 45.

"We control the east side of the road and Jersey Township controls the west side so we both have to pass legislation and ask ODOT to declare the speed limit at 45," Stefanov said.

New Albany City Council on May 21 approved a resolution to petition ODOT for the speed limit change.

Jersey Township Trustee Derek Myers said the trustees voted May 8 to ask for the change.

"We've gotten complaints about the general speed there at Jug and Beech," Myers said. "People are going too fast and missing the stop sign, running through the stop sign at Jug."

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