Drivers heading down Route 7 in Colchester are experiencing a change in speed.
The speed limit has been reduced from 50 miles per hour to 40 between Mountain View Drive and Bay Road.
The change has come with mixed reviews.
“The traffic volume is high here and I think the limit should be lower,” said James Weston, a Winooski Resident who believes the change should have happened a while ago.
“50 is too fast for the amount of curb cuts they have and the amount of traffic,” said Weston.
However he wishes the town would have been more transparent with the process.
“Typically they should at least have a public hearing so that the public is aware of it. But I think it’s a good move so they probably did it in the interest of safety,” said Weston.
We reached out to Colchester Town Manager, Dawn Francis to ask about why the public wasn’t involved in the process but she was unable to make time for an interview with us.
On the other hand Colchester resident, Olivia Perron says 50 miles per hour was perfectly fine.
“I think 50 was okay cause I just felt perfectly safe driving at that speed on that road. I drive it almost every day multiple times a day,” said Perron.
One viewer comment on our Facebook saying “purely a speed trap/ticket move it seems”
We took that concern to the Colchester Police Department.
“It’s a state speed zone. Right now all of the revenue that would be coming of a ticket that would be written would be going to the state. The town doesn’t collect money on state highways right now,” said Officer Zachary Smith.
As far as increased patrols in the affected area Officer Smith says, “There’s going to be an increased patrol all over the place in town as we’ve always done but nothing targeting this area specifically that I know off”
For now drivers will just have to lay off the gas when driving down Route 7.