Speed limits on the traffic signals?

The in basket: Steve Gunderson returned from California with word of a newspaper article he’s seen in the Ventura County Star ” about a guy who suggested that his local town post the speed limits on the ‘green lens’ of the traffic lights so that drivers would not have to wonder what the limit is in that particular block (and it would be cheaper than putting up signs).


The in basket: Steve Gunderson returned from California with word of a newspaper article he’s seen in the Ventura County Star ” about a guy who suggested that his local town post the speed limits on the ‘green lens’ of the traffic lights so that drivers would not have to wonder what the limit is in that particular block (and it would be cheaper than putting up signs).” The Aug 31 article said five intersections on Gonzales Road in that county will have a a clear piece of plastic with a “45” painted on it installed in front of the traffic signals’ green lamps.
“Is this something (Kitsap) county officials know about and have given any thought to?” he asked.
The out basket: They know about it now, but Doug Bear of Kitsap County Public Works says he’s not had any luck learning any more about this than the story on the Ventura paper’s Web site reveals.
“We are not inclined to put speed limits on the lens cover,” he said. “We do place speed limit signs shortly after many intersections.
“Dusty Wiley, traffic investigator, thinks it would be hard to put numbers large enough to be legible on a 10- or 12-inch lens,” Doug said.
That’s probably true of my 63-year-old eyes. Legibility concerns probably would require that roadside signs remain, in addition to those on the traffic signal. And I don’t think the speed limit is much of a mystery on any local streets or roads that have traffic signals.

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