State to look at Highway 20 speeds in city

The Washington State Department of Transportation will re-evluate the speed limits along Highway 20 in Oak Harbor, announced City Engineer Eric Johnston at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.

Johnston estimates the study will take about six to nine month.

There was no specific driving force behind the city’s request for the speed limit review, he said, adding that a recent incident involving a SUV and pedestrian had nothing to do with the inquiry because speed wasn’t a factor.

The most recent state-run speed-limit study of Highway 20 occurred in 2005 from SW Swantown Road south, Johnston said. The last study before that was taken around 2003 from the SW Erie Street near Wal-Mart to the area of Eighth Avenue just past Safeway.

“It’s just a good idea to look at it every so often,” he said.

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