NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Motorists will have to slow it down on a heavily trafficked section of state Route 83 after the city moved to lower the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph.
Safety-Service Director Jeffry Armbruster announced the change this week, saying it was made in response to a significant number of traffic accidents along the two-lane road, including a fatal crash that occurred in August.
The revised speed limit is now in effect for an approximately 1.8-mile section of Route 83 between Center Ridge Road (state Route 20) and Mills Road, which serves as the boundary between North Ridgeville and Avon.
State Route 83 is the city’s major north-south road.
“We looked at the situation and felt that we should err on the side of safety here,” Armbruster said. “There have been a substantial number of accidents in that area, and we simply want people in North Ridgeville to slow down through there.”
Dating to the start of 2012, 49 accidents have occurred on the portion of 83 between Center Ridge and Mills Road, Armbruster said.
Those accidents include the Aug. 26 accident that took the life of Brian Rummel, 49, whose Kia sport utility vehicle went off the road and overturned after crashing into two trees.
The nighttime crash happened about a half-mile south of Mills Road.
Residents in the area said at the time of the fatal accident that motorists routinely ignored the road’s longtime 45 mph speed limit, and often took risks passing slower vehicles.
Of the 49 accidents occurring along the nearly two-mile portion of Route 83, 10 produced injuries to drivers or passengers, according to Armbruster.
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