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Speed limit reduced on 25th

Neighborhood request won unanimous approval from council

The speed limit will fall by 5 mph on a South Hill street bordering Manito Park.

The Spokane City Council on Monday voted unanimously to lower the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph on 25th Avenue between Grand and Bernard streets.

The avenue had the higher limit because the street is labeled an arterial on city street plans.

Street Director Mark Serbousek said the change was requested by the neighborhood. The street department studied the street and determined that the average speed on 25th was 23 mph.

“It’s a small few that are causing the problem,” Serbousek said.

Serbousek said the street functions mostly as a residential street and he wouldn’t oppose removing its arterial label. However, he said downgrading the street isn’t under consideration.

Councilman Richard Rush, who represents the South Hill, said he wouldn’t support removing the arterial label partly because doing so would mean stop signs at side streets would be removed.

“Nobody seems to like that,” he said.