Local Speed Limit Reduction

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During its 2019 special session the Minnesota State Legislature adopted a bill that allows limited authority to cities to set speed limits on streets under their jurisdiction. The legislation allows cities to maintain a statutory 30 miles per hour (mph) speed limit on roadways within an urban district, adopt a 25 mph statutory speed limit on residential streets, and/or adopt other speed limits on roadways under their jurisdiction after the appropriate level of engineering study, implementation planning, and public education are performed.

Neighboring cities like Minneapolis and St. Paul have adopted polices to reduce speed limits on most local streets to 20 mph. The City of St Louis Park is working to adopt a similar policy but would categorize streets based on traffic volume, with the less busy streets being 20 mph and the busier streets 30 or 35 mph.

Eligible Streets (Local)

Possibly Eligible Streets (Collectors)

  • Non-Residential Local Streets: General Mills Blvd, Betty Crocker Dr, 10th Ave N, Rhode Island Ave N

Non-Eligible Streets (Principal Arterials, Minor Relievers, and Minor Augmenters)

  • State Highways: Trunk Highways 55, 100, 169
  • Interstates: Interstate 394
  • County Roads: Winnetka Ave (156), Douglas Dr (102), Duluth St (66), Golden Valley Rd (66), Glenwood Ave (40), Medicine Lake Rd (70)
  • Minneapolis Park Board Streets: Theodore Wirth Pkwy

Determining The Right Speed Limits

City of Golden Valley Speed Limit Study

In 2020, City staff worked with consulting traffic engineer SEH Inc to perform a speed limit study. The report provides background for the consideration of potential speed limit changes and serves as the required traffic safety study should the City wish to implement speed limits other than the statutorily allowed 25 mph on residential streets (see report).

Local Crash Map 2011–2020

Crash data dating back 10 years was compiled into a map (2011–2020). The crash data for local streets, which breaks down crashes based on their contributing factors, can be seen here.

Speed Data From 2011–2020

Speed data dating back over the same 10-year period, from 2011–2020, was also compiled, including 163 speed counts over the past 10 years on local residential streets. The average speed in the data collected was 20 mph. The 85th percentile speed was 27 mph.

The 85th percentile speed, often associated with the national standard for setting speed limits on roadways, represents a speed at which 85 percent of the traffic is at or below. That speed or lower is the speed at which most drivers are comfortable on the road.

Perceived Speeding Video, City of Crystal

The City of Crystal performed a speed experiment where a vehicle travels down a local roadway and a camera records the vehicle as it passes by. The vantage point of the camera varies from a front yard, to a sidewalk, to behind the wheel. The purpose of this video is to show how fast different speeds feel to residents who live on a local street. The City of Crystal has shared the video with Golden Valley and it can be seen here: Watch the video

Share Your Thoughts

The City is looking for community input on the potential speed limit change. A virtual open house will be available this spring, including additional speed limit information, as well as an opportunity to provide direct feedback on the speed limits in Golden Valley.

If you have immediate questions, contact the City's Engineering Department at 763-583-8030 or engineeringdept@goldenvalleymn.gov.