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City Council asks ODOT to change speed limits on Dorr St.

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If you drive on Dorr Street regularly, some changes could soon be on the way.

The City of Toledo is asking the Ohio Department of Transportation to change the speed limits.

Dorr Street is a state route and the city cannot make any changes without ODOT approval.

The city is not only asking ODOT to decrease the speed limit on Dorr Street where it's now 50 miles per hour. The city is also requesting a stretch that is now 30 mph be increased. That includes the red light/speeding camera intersection with Collingwood.

The city wants drivers to slow down on one end of Dorr Street and have the ability to speed up on the other.

"It will be dropped in some area and raised in others," says Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins.

On Tuesday, Toledo City Council voted unanimously to ask ODOT to lower the speed limit between Reynolds and Green Hills from 50 miles per hour down to 45 miles per hour.

Some drivers say they feel caught in a race when driving on that stretch.

"You have to be really cautious when driving become sometimes they will get in front of you and cause an accident," says Moe Almousa as he stopped at the library.

"The speed is a little too fast," says LaDawn Allen, who drives on Dorr Street every day to get to work. "People take it over the speed limit and I think it is unsafe for drivers and for kids."

Closer to downtown, City Council is asking ODOT to increase the speed limit on Dorr Street from 30 miles per hour to 40. That stretch between Washington and Manila Street includes the intersection with Collingwood. It is the home of one of the busiest Red Light-Speeding cameras in the city. It's a spot drivers try to avoid for fear of getting a speeding ticket.

"That was a concern that was brought to my attention given the variances of speeds and how do you control the speed cameras in terms of … it's 35 here, 25 here, and 45?" says Collins.

The mayor says the request for changes is a result of a traffic study completed by the Transportation Commissioner to determine the "safe and reasonable" speed limits on portions of Dorr Street.

"The engineering on it was reconsidered. It's being done to promote safety," says Collins.

The decision is now in the hands of the state. A spokesperson did not give a time frame, but tells 13abc that ODOT has been working with the city for months. The state will review the Dorr Street speed zone study. If approved, it'll go to the ODOT Director for a signature.

According to the legislation, the requested speed limits on Dorr Street from west to east are: 45 miles per hour from Reynolds to Green Hills, 40 miles per hour from Green Hills to Coventry, 35 miles per hour from Coventry to Manila, and 40 miles per hour from Manila to Washington Street.

According to ODOT, criteria when determining speed limits are geometry of the road, number of access points, 85 percentile speed, 10 mph pace speed of traffic, and crash rate.

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