Lower Macungie residents who complained about cars speeding on Mill Creek Road are close to getting their wish to see the speed limit reduced to 25 mph.
At Thursday night's meeting, the Lower Macungie Township commissioners voted unanimously to advertise an ordinance that would cut the posted speed limit on Mill Creek between Sauerkraut Lane and Spring Creek Road.
William Erdman, township engineer, said if all goes according to plan the new limit should be posted by the end of August. Erdman's firm Keystone Consulting Engineers, did a speed limit evaluation of that stretch of road and concluded that the 25 mph limit was warranted. The current posted speed limit is 35 mph.
"It's very unsafe for [residents] trying to get out of their driveways," Erdman said. "Our report certified that it qualified for a 25 mph speed limit without a traffic study."
At a meeting in June, residents had complained about the speeders. Patch blogger Ron Beitler who has investigated the issue, wrote that he'd biked that stretch of road and talked to neighbors and understood their concerns.
"If you're brave enough to take your life into your hands, bike it," he wrote. "You'll know immediately that 35 mph simply doesn't work here."
The ordinance must be advertised before the commissioners can vote on its adoption later this month.