BEND, Ore. - Following community input and engineering analysis, the city of Bend announced Wednesday that the speed limit will be lowered this month from 45 mph to 35 mph on·Southeast Third Street between Brosterhous Road and Murphy Road.
The new speed limit signs will have orange warning flags on top for a few weeks to call attention to the changes, one of several such speed limit reductions around Bend in recent months (see related stories for others).
City officials said the speed limit change was "requested by members of the community in response to changing traffic and development along the corridor."
"This change was to incorporate consistent speeds along the entire commercial corridor of Third Street," the announcement stated.
In Oregon, speeds for roads within the city that are not highways or local residential streets are set by the Oregon Department of Transportation. The new speed limits are established based on a traffic study that looks at existing driving speeds, road characteristics, adjacent land use, access locations and other factors.
The city asked drivers to pay attention to the new speed changes and be aware of conditions.
Oregon’s basic rule speed law requires driving at the speed that is safe for conditions – this may be a speed slower than the posted speed.