Speed Limits

Citywide Speed Limit Evaluation

As of August 1, 2019, Minnesota cities have the authority to set speed limits on streets they own. Any speed limit change must be based on a safety, engineering and traffic analysis. County and state roads are not included in this authority. The City of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Works departments are collaborating to analyze appropriate speed limits on city-owned streets. Both cities anticipate lowering limits on streets under the cities’ jurisdiction.

Slower speeds on our streets make travel safer for everyone no matter how they get around. Lower traffic speeds reduce the likelihood of a crash and make a crash less likely to lead to death or a life-changing injury. Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Works are each doing detailed technical analysis to determine appropriate speed limits for city-owned streets. Those studies are expected to be completed first quarter 2020. The traffic and engineering studies will include the cities’ respective plans for speed limits on city-owned streets. Implementation of new speed limits is expected to begin in the spring of 2020.

Technical Analysis

The City of Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Works departments are collaborating to analyze appropriate speed limits on city-owned streets, in accordance with Minnesota Statutes 169.14 subd 5h. The analysis includes the following:

  • Identify objectives for speed limit changes and organize working groups to address key objectives
  • Review guiding local laws and policy and any previous engagement that relates to speed limits
  • Evaluate crashes on streets, including locations and trends
  • Analyze existing speeds across different street types
  • Review national guidance for urban speed limits and gather lessons from cities with local authority or recently changed speed limits
  • Share information and coordinate with relevant agency partners throughout the process
  • Determine appropriate speed limits or range of speed limits for different classes of streets
  • Identify street segments, if any, that should be considered individually rather than as part of larger class of streets and identify methodology to evaluate speed limits for these streets
  • Review best practices for signage and create a signage plan
  • Review best practices for communications and education and create a communications and education plan
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with law enforcement
  • Review needed signal timing changes to support new speed limits

Timeline

Early 2020:  Public Works staff complete engineering analysis outlining recommended changes to speed limits on city-owned streets

Mid- 2020: Implementation of speed limit changes on most city streets. Some streets may have later implementation due to signage needs

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Overview Presentation

Map displaying ownership of streets in Saint Paul