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No One Speeding on Lee County Road

Jul 2, 2014

It appears Lee County won’t make any changes along a heavily traveled road.

A speed study along 320th Avenue in northern Lee County shows that large trucks like these are not exceeding the speed limit.
Credit Jason Parrott / Tri States Public Radio

The county conducted a speed study on 320th Avenue for about two weeks in late May and early June.  The results were compiled and reviewed by the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

The study came about after repeated requests from Frankie Reyes, who lives along the two lane road.  He said signs were needed to slow down the large trucks that were speeding past his home when entering or exiting a nearby rock quarry.

An electronic speed sign was placed along 320th Avenue.  It did not display speeds, though, so people would not alter their driving habits.

The results of the study are in and they show that speeding is not an issue.

More than 4,400 vehicles used the road during the two-week study and the data shows that none of the vehicles exceeded the 55 MPH speed limit.

In fact, the vast majority of drivers kept it between 15 MPH and 35MPH.

County Board Vice Chairman Matt Pflug of Keokuk said for him, the issue is now over.

“The proof is there," said Pflug.  "I think that the individual involved wants to see a little bit more there, but right now, the way I see it, it has been taken care of and everything is being complied.”

The board accepted the report without taking any action.

Frankie Reyes told the County Supervisors on Tuesday that he wanted to review the data before commenting on it.