The Duxbury Select Board has lowered the speed limit on River Road.

The ordinance — which can be viewed online at bit.ly/2Pr8jqq — lowers the speed limit from 35 to 25 mph.

The select board hopes the change will get people to slow down as they approach Main Street, said Mari Pratt, the board chair, since a day care facility, the Children’s Early Learning Space, is at the intersection of Main Street and River Road.

“The traffic ordinance is about safety first,” Pratt said. “We need to get people to slow down.”

Previously, the town had a traffic ordinance, adopted in 2004, that set the speed limit at 35 for all Class 3 unpaved roads in Duxbury.

Now, for River Road, the new ordinance calls for “maximum speed of 25 mph its entire length on both paved and unpaved portions from Main Street to Winooski Street Bridge intersection.”

The ordinance also calls for stop signs at 23 intersections, most of them along Route 100 or Crossett Hill and River roads.

Enforcement

Pratt said the ordinance alone will not slow traffic, but it gives police the ability to stop and ticket drivers who violate the law.

But, what police are we talking about?

Duxbury has no police of its own, and Pratt said there is no plan to change that. The town has talked about contracting with the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for police coverage, but no firm plans have been made.

Instead, town officials hope that, with the start of the Main Street reconstruction project in downtown Waterbury next year, there will be additional police in the area, especially as drivers travel alternate routes to avoid the project — routes that will take them through Duxbury.

“We expect a ton of traffic when Waterbury begins their work,” Pratt said.

Time to object

The ordinance will go into effect on Dec. 6 — 60 days after its adoption — provided nobody files a petition to object.

Pratt said she has not heard from anyone who objects to the ordinance.

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