Speed Limit Lowered on Russell Long Blvd. for WT Students’ Safety

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A street at West Texas A&M University is having its speed limit lowered after a concern for student safety was mentioned.

Russell Long Blvd. was originally 45 miles per hour but has been changed to 30 miles per hour. 

“Well as you know we recently opened up our new ag sciences building and we’ve got a lot of ag students here, and now they’re having to cross at the Russell Long and WT drive,” said WTAMU Assistant Police Chief Robert Byrd.

Assistant Chief Byrd said the change in speed is to help keep students and others safe.

“It’s at the end of the curb of the spur so people don’t really have a good line of sight to the students that are crossing at that crosswalk, and we wanted to just drop that that speed limit down to enhance safety,” said Assistant Chief Byrd.

Assistant Chief Byrd told us WT students safety is of the highest priority. He said at first speed was not a problem but since the opening of the new ag center as well as other construction projects, more concerns have been raised. 

“When that opened up and we all of a sudden had all these students that were needing to cross, then we did get some concerned comments and questions,” said Assistant Chief Byrd.

Assistant Chief Byrd said WT’s president, Dr. Walter Wendler became aware of the issue and took action. 

“You know our president is on top of pretty much everything, and I think he was already aware of the situation before any complaints started coming up,” Assistant Chief Byrd said.

Assistant Chief Byrd told us he does not expect any complaints about this new lower speed in the future. 

Officers are also reminding people that pedestrians always have the right of way.

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