The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has agreed to lower the speed limit on Main Street/IL Rt. 64 to 25 MPH from 7th Street and 7th Avenue. This expands the current 25 MPH zone from 4th Street & 4th Avenue. IDOT will install new speed limit signs.
In August, the St. Charles Police Department requested IDOT review the speed limit for this stretch of Main St./IL Rt. 64. The requested speed limit reduction is an effort to calm traffic as it travels through the heart of our downtown. The City is encouraging motorists to Slow Down, Downtown.
“I am glad staff was able to work with IDOT to get the lower speed zone expanded on Main Street,” said Mayor Ray Rogina. “It’s important for people to feel safe as they walk or drive through our city and that traffic conditions are conducive to visiting our businesses. Our enforcement strategy and changing the mindset of drivers will be the keys to success on slowing speed on this and all City streets.”
Because Main St./IL Rt. 64 is a state highway, it was necessary for IDOT to conduct an investigation into the speed limit reduction. “IDOT’s results mirror those of a recent traffic study conducted by the St. Charles Police Department that confirmed vehicles consistently are moving faster through our downtown than the posted speed limit,” said Commander of the St. Charles Police Department Traffic Division Jerry Gatlin. “By expanding the lower speed zone, it will ensure the safety of pedestrians and motorists downtown.”
The City of St. Charles also petitioned IDOT to install permanent speed displays at 7th Street and 7th Avenue, as well as on Route 31 entering the City. The displays are another way to remind and encourage drivers to follow the new speed limits.
For more information, contact Commander Gatlin at 630.377.4435.