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Speed Limit Reduced On Deadly Stretch of Springfield's Main Street

The city of Springfield and Oregon Department of Transportation have reduced the speed limit on a deadly 40 block stretch of Main Street. Police plan to work with drivers to build awareness.

There have been numerous crashes involving vehicles and pedestrians on Main Street between 20th and 60th Streets. One caused the deaths of three young children in February 2015.
Loralyn Spiro is with the City of Springfield.
“The city received feedback from numerous community members asking for the reduction in speed as an effort to improve safety on Main Street and Springfield City Council made a request to ODOT to reduce the speed in response and support of improving safety on Main Street.”
Main Street is part of state Highway 126 which winds between Florence and Central Oregon. An analysis of the road found 37 percent of drivers exceeded the posted 40 mile per hour speed limit on Main. The city is working on other projects to make the street safer for pedestrians.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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