Residents want speed reduced on Sugar Creek-Vesuvius Road

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 15, 2003

UPPER TOWNSHIP- Some residents along Sugar Creek - Vesuvius Road have asked the Lawrence County Commission to go to bat for them in their effort to get the speed limit reduced on their roadway.

"People go too fast, there is a blind curve there and when the leaves are on the trees you can't see anything past a few yards," Bruce Brown said Thursday when he presented a petition to the commission.

"A lot of people walk on that road for exercise. Cars go flying through there. Someone is going to get killed," his neighbor, Stan Terry agreed.

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In the letter, the residents complained that the road is curvy and winds along the hillsides of Upper Township. The lack of guardrails and amount of traffic on the road makes the bad situation worse. The four-mile-long-stretch of roadway is almost entirely residential.

The residents want the speed limit reduced to 30 miles per hour. The commission agreed to forward the petition to the Lawrence County Engineer's Office.

The engineer's office would decide whether to conduct a study of the roadway safety, and then would forward the results of the study to the Ohio Department of Transportation, which makes the final determination on the proper speed limit.