With the recent death of Yachats resident David Redetzke, who was hit by a vehicle as he walked crossed Highway 101 near the Overleaf Lodge, residents have called on the city to request that ODOT reduce the speed limit through that area of town and that a clearly marked and signed crosswalk be created in memory of Mr. Redetzke and for pedestrian safety. They say it’s a favorite crossing area for residents living on the east side of 101 walking to the beach.
Residents say they want the speed limit through that north area reduced to 25 mph. However, Mayor Ron Bean said that it is ODOT’s procedure to conduct a speed survey and take the average of all vehicle velocities and multiply them by 85% and that’s the new speed limit. Brean said rather than asking ODOT to do the survey now, which would probably create a higher recommended speed limit, the city should seek to move its traffic radar trailer farther north of the Overleaf area, even if it’s outside the city limits, to cause traffic to begin slowing down farther out. Brean said the council needs to learn whether it can legally place the trailer beyond the city limits. If it can, and he doesn’t see why not, then they can let the trailer start a gradual slowing of traffic so when ODOT finally does their survey, they’re likely to settle on a speed limit closer to 25.
The council asked city staff to contact ODOT to see if there would be any legal hangup barring the city from placing its radar trailer farther north of where it is now.