The third time may be the charm for residents and county officials seeking to lower the speed limit to 45 miles an hour on Milnor Road between state Route 204 and Refugee Road.

The third time may be the charm for residents and county officials seeking to lower the speed limit to 45 miles an hour on Milnor Road between state Route 204 and Refugee Road.

The unposted speed limit on that approximately 1.5-mile stretch of road is currently 55 miles an hour.

But a speed study conducted by the Fairfield County Engineer's Office and forwarded to the Ohio Department of Transportation for review has determined that 85 percent of drivers travel that stretch of road at 51 miles an hour or less.

Fairfield County Deputy Engineer Eric McCrady said his calculations -- based on that speed as well as the size and condition of the road, the terrain, the number of homes in the area and nearby intersections -- indicate the appropriate speed limit should be 47.1 miles an hour.

"We go in five-mile-an-hour increments, so I rounded down to 45 miles an hour," McCrady said.

Only ODOT can review and approve requests for speed limit changes on county roads. A decision, McCrady said, typically takes 30 to 60 days.

He said he is confident the request will be approved.

"Usually, when it comes out that way, they usually concur with the results and send it back to us approved," he said. "If it came out calculated to 50 miles per hour and we were arguing for 45, they might not agree with us, which has happened in the past. In this particular case, I hope they would agree with us."

The request for the change was prompted by area residents concerned that increased traffic and development have made the current speed limit unsafe.

William Clark, who lives on Chateau Drive near the intersection with Milnor Road, said he was most recently moved to act after a July 25 one-car accident in which the vehicle left the road and skidded through the front yard of a Milnor Road home, upending a large pine tree.

"The time was right and I think everyone recognized that the situation could evolve into one that we would all regret having occurred," Clark said.

The county has conducted two other speed studies on this stretch of Milnor Road, the most recent in 2005.

The county's most recent traffic count for Milnor Road, done in 2006, showed an average of 5,127 vehicles travel the road every day. That is a slight increase from the previous study in 2004 that showed an average daily volume of 4,917 vehicles.

According to the Fairfield County Sheriff's Office, there have been three accidents on that stretch of Milnor Road this year, including the incident on July 25, and 13 between 2004 and 2007.

McCrady said he also did a speed study of Milnor Road south of Refugee Road, which is already posted at 45 miles an hour. That study confirmed the speed limit is appropriate, he said.