The Town of Okotoks has approved a speed reduction for 48th Street.

The road is being reduced from 80 km/h to 60 km/h.

Concerns were expressed to the Town by residents who live along the street regarding the speeds and noise from the traffic volume.

Kelly Stienwand, Municipal Enforcement Manager for the Town, says research showed the previous speed limit was outdated.

"We had some strong engineering data that came forward and it was kind of an easy decision to make because the speed limit of 80 kilometres an hour that was there predated the residential developments that are there now so this is something that's likely overdue and I'm glad that we were able to make this change."

Stienwand says they'll be drawing attention to the speed limit change once the new signs are installed.

"You can expect to see the signage that accompanies it when something's new so you'll see some flashing signs that pop out to indicate there's a new speed limit on this road," he explains. "You'll probably see our peace officers out there putting up one of our speed trailers to help educate and remind the public of this new speed limit."

The new 60 km/h speed limit for 48th Street will in effect once signs are installed within the next week or two.

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