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Change is coming to Tiffin

New speed limit on Hwy. 6 to go into effect sooner than later

TIFFIN– If they haven’t already, drivers on Highway 6 through Tiffin will soon see a new speed limit in effect, dropping the speed from 55 entering town to 45.
The change is the result of a speed study conducted by the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT) at the request of the City of Tiffin. Cathy Cutler, transportation planner for the IDOT’s District 6 Office in Cedar Rapids, said such studies are justified after certain roadway improvements are completed.
“In this case, traffic signals have been installed at Deerview Avenue and Roberts Ferry Road, and a roundabout has been constructed at the junction with Jasper Avenue (Park Road).”
The IDOT, Cutler said, has been working with the city on appropriate speed limits on the west side of town.
“The department also agreed to conduct a speed study on the east side of town since the construction in the area was completed,” she added.
Westbound traffic transitions to the new 45 miles per hour (mph) speed limit sign just past the Interstate 380 overhead bridge. According to Cutler, the current national guidance states approaching a roundabout should be signed in a similar manner as approaching a stop sign-controlled intersection.
“In this case, install warning signs for the roundabout and drivers will adjust their speed as they approach the intersection, again similar to as if the intersection had stop signs,” she noted.
Eastbound traffic will see the drop to 45 at the west end of town.
Cutler said, “The speed study on the west side of town recommended extending the 45 mph speed limit to the west side of Deerview Avenue. The speed study on the east side of town recommended extending the 45 mph speed limit to the east side of Jasper (Park Road), near the interstate.”
Tiffin City Administrator Doug Boldt said the study was a mutual thing. “We both knew that when both sets of traffic signals were installed and the roundabout was completed, things would change.”
The Tiffin City Council approved the IDOT’s recommendations in early February without any specific timeline.
“Once the DOT can drive posts into the ground, they can make the changes,” Boldt said.
Cutler agreed, saying, “The department will install speed limits signs in the coming weeks now that the ground is thawing.”