Columbus officials have rejected the Northwest Civic Association's request to have the speed limit lowered on Olentangy River Road.

Columbus officials have rejected the Northwest Civic Association's request to have the speed limit lowered on Olentangy River Road.

The reason: Not enough speeders.

Residents asked the Northwest Civic Association to seek a reduction in speed from 45 mph to 35 mph from Bethel Road to the Worthington corporate limits.

"One of the major reasons given for the roundabout was to slow down traffic when approaching the intersection," NWCA president Jennifer Adair said, referring to the proposed roundabout at Olentangy River and Linworth roads. "We were attempting to correct the problem by changing the legal speed limit on (Olentangy River Road)."

Mark Kelsey, director of public service, said through a letter to Adair that traffic engineers on May 26 and May 28 conducted a study between Katherine Woods Drive and the city of Worthington. According to the study, more than half of the vehicles traveled between 35 and 39 mph or lower, which was in the 85th percentile. The average speed on the road for both days was 39 mph.

For more on this story, see Thursday's edition of ThisWeekWorthington.