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Salt Lake City Council lowers speed limit on most streets to 20 mph

May 11, 2022, 1:32 PM | Updated: 1:38 pm

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday to lower the speed limit on most streets to 20 mph.

The vote followed a recent spike in auto-pedestrian crashes.

Any street that does not have a posted speed limit was set at 20 mph anywhere in Salt Lake City. In addition, many streets will have their speed limit signs changed to 20 mph.

The speed limit in those areas was previously set at 25 mph.

City councilor Darin Mano said this is a quick way to make streets safer.

“These are our neighborhood streets. Our small streets. The ones where kids are likely to be playing,” Mano said.

Supporters called the program “20 is Plenty”.

The city estimated the new signs will cost about $100,000.

Officials said the next step is to work on a budget plan and code ordinance that reflects the speed change.

Police departments urge caution after uptick in auto-pedestrian crashes

The city council also adopted a new council district boundary map to balance out the number of residents living in each district.

The new map was based on recent Census data.

“The area that grew the most, not surprisingly, is District Four, which is the downtown area. There’s

only one district the numbers reduced, and that’s District Two, which is the Westside. There’s some

concern there was some undercounting of the people who lived there,” Mano said.

The number of city councilors remained at seven.

Some districts did not change much. Others changed more noticeably.

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