Speed limit reduced for Fair
Tue, 24 Aug 2010 22:05:15 GMT —
The speed limit on a stretch of 690 has been reduced until the end of the New York State Fair, but not all of the drivers are following the rules.
The New York State Department of Transportation says the speed limit will be 55 miles per hour on 690 East and West near the Fairgrounds. In some cases, this reduces the speed limit from 65 miles per hour.
The DOT says this is the busiest time of the year for that stretch of road.
" Out of the 12 days last year, 8 of the 12 days exceeded the Super Bowl total," says Hank Polech from the DOT. "Of the eight days, seven of them were during the week."
We spent some time on 690 today to check how fast drivers were going. The majority of drivers were driving between 55 and 65 miles per hour. Some were obeying the speed limit, and some were going as fast as 70 miles per hour.
Some drivers said there needed to be more signs to alert drivers to the change.
"People don't really see signs, they go by them," says Inez Barbour, who is visiting from North Carolina. "It doesn't mean anything, but if they see a lot of signs, they're going to notice it's 55."
Polech says there are seven signs in place on 690 and 695 informing people about the change in speed limit, and he thinks that will be enough. He's asking people to keep an eye out for any additional changes during the fair.
The temporary speed limit will be in place until the end of the fair on Labor Day, September 6th.For more information, visit the NYS Fair, the NYS Department of Transportation websites and click here for a map of Rte. 690 neat the Fairgrounds.