County seeks state speed limit review of Canyon Ferry Road

Lewis and Clark County commissioners approved Tuesday sending a formal request to the Montana Department of Transportation to do a traffic evaluation and speed study of Canyon Ferry Road, citing the recent traffic fatality of a 10-year-old girl.

The letter, signed by the three commissioners and addressed to MDT Director Malcom “Mack” Long, requested the department “complete a traffic evaluation and speed study to review the speed limit” of Canyon Ferry Road between its intersection with Lake Helena Drive to “the top of the hill going east and then ending at Hart Lane.”

The letter cites “a recent and unfortunate accident that resulted in a fatality” and “an increase in new subdivisions and residential growth over the last several years.”

Lewis and Clark County Chief Administrative Officer Roger Baltz said in an interview Tuesday afternoon that the county received a few emails in the wake of the recent pedestrian death requesting a speed limit review.

The speed limit is currently 60 mph, and the letter further noted the about 3-mile stretch of road now has “numerous approaches that intersect the road for access into the new developed areas.”

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