Roadway Speed Limits
HOW SPEED LIMITS ARE ESTABLISHED
The City of Colorado Springs uses the 85th percentile speed of free flowing traffic as its basic factor when establishing speed limits.
Radar, and other methods are used to collect speed data from random vehicles on roadways. This speed is subject to revision based upon factors such as: roadway geometrics, parking, crash experience, pedestrians, curves, surrounding development, and engineering judgment. This practice is in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices which has been adopted by the State of Colorado.
In the final analysis, it is the judgment of the city traffic engineer that determines which, if any, of the factors in the speed study warrant an adjustment of the 85th percentile speeds. Once all variables are considered and a speed limit is established, traffic should flow at a safe and efficient level.
UNPOSTED SPEED LIMITS
Per city code 10.5.102: Where speed limits are not posted, and where no special hazard exists, the following speed shall be lawful: twenty five (25) miles per hour on streets and highways and fifteen (15) miles per hour in alleys.
For more information contact, Traffic Operations at 719-385-5908 or TrafficEng@springsgov.com.
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