Speed limit to change south of Chandler

Published on Friday, 11 April 2014 13:01 - Written by

(MCT) -- The speed limit of Farm-to-Market Road 2010 near Chandler soon will change as a result of a study by the Texas Department of Transportation.

TxDOT is changing the speed limit to 50 mph from Chandler city limit line south to about County Road 3311 and then 40 mph from there south to the intersection of Farm-to-Market Road 315.

Currently, the speed limit on FM 2010 is 60 mph outside city limits to 45 mph inside city limits.

Chandler Police Chief Ron Reeves said the steep drop in speed causes some motorists to believe it is a speed trap.

"This is the same thing they do with any city that extends their city limits.That is what we did. When we did that, it took our 45 mph speed limit out to a 60 mph speed limit, which is not practical," Reeves said. "Any city that expands and moves their speed limit usually has to be adjusted to fit that transition."

Mayor Ann Hall said, "This is better for a driver to go from 60 to 50 to 40 instead of going from 60 to 45. That just doesn't seem fair."

Once TxDOT installs new signs soon, Chandler police will enforce the new speed limits.