March 25, 2005
The Tempe City Council on Thursday supported a plan that calls for the reduction of speed limits on nearly a dozen stretches of road to bring more continuity to city streets.
The recommendation was made over the strong objections of Councilman Hut Hutson who disagreed with many of the planned changes and criticized the staff’s report on the issue.
"I don’t think we have to change it for change sake," Hutson said during the council meeting.
The council chose the plan — which was endorsed by city staff and the police department — over two other alternatives.
Mayor Hugh Hallman and Councilman Ben Arredondo both supported the recommendation but directed staff to review the possibility of improving the visibility of school zone signs.
Before changes can be made, the city will have to hold two public hearings on the issue.
However, the long-term goal of the city remains a categorical reduction of speed limits, according to city records. The city would like to establish a 35 mph zone downtown while limiting speeds to 40 mph on the rest of Tempe’s main roads.
To achieve that goal, city staff recommends a public outreach campaign to win support.