Speed limit on Johnson Drive at 30 mph is appropriate, traffic study suggests

Two of the several crosswalks in the Mission downtown district have flashing beacons that can be activated by pedestrians.
Two of the several crosswalks in the Mission downtown district have flashing beacons that can be activated by pedestrians.

The 30 mph speed limit through the Johnson Drive business district is appropriate, the Mission City Council was told Wednesday.

A recent traffic study along the downtown corridor, prompted by concerns voiced about speed and pedestrian safety at the crosswalks, showed that an appropriate speed would be either 30 or 35 mph, Public Works Director John Belger told council members. The speed limit already is 30 mph.

The traffic study also showed about 12,500 cars per day travel through the intersection at Beverly and about 10,750 and the Reeds intersection.

Mission Police Chief Ben Hadley said only 16 accidents were recorded on Johnson Drive in a year between Lamar and Nall, slightly over one per month, in the face of the high traffic volume.

A recent enforcement period along Johnson Drive yielded 14 traffic stops during 30 hours of enforcement. Over the nine-day period three drivers were ticketed for failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and three more were given warning tickets for the same reason. Drivers ignoring pedestrians at the marked crosswalks has been a chief complaint since the street rebuild was completed one year ago and more pedestrian activity is present.

Two of the intersections in the downtown district have flashing beacons that can be activated by pedestrians. The council did discuss a system of adding lights along the pavement that are activated by pedestrians as a possible safety enhancement.