Newport Police Chief Mark Miranda is asking for Newport City Council support in his request of ODOT to extend the 45 mph speed limit from just east of John Moore Road out another half-mile. Chief Miranda says the intersection at Moore and 20 is problematic in that traffic coming down the hill tends to be driving too fast in order to gradually slow down to Newport’s 30 mph zone, just west of the intersection. Miranda also says that traffic going up the hill to the east has to accelerate too quickly in order to meet the 55 mph zone just east of town. Therefore, by extending the 45 mph zone a half-mile farther to the east, it will give motorists a more convenient, if not an easier way, to comply as well as smoothing out their speeds as they depart from and arrive in Newport.
We’ll see if Chief Miranda can get ODOT’s ear.