Framingham Reduces Speed Limit to 25 Miles Per Hour in Thickly-Settled Neighborhoods and Business Districts

FRAMINGHAM – The Department of Public Works will be installing new “Thickly Settled, 25 mph” speed limit signs throughout the City, said the City of Framingham in a press release this morning.

The Framingham Traffic Commission and City Council voted to adopt legislation that allows cities and towns to implement a statutory 25 mph speed limit in thickly settled neighborhoods and business districts.

The new speed limit will apply to all thickly settled neighborhoods, city-wide unless posted otherwise, aid the City in its release.

The new speed limit does not apply to state roads like Route 9.

The City of Framigham wrote in its press release that “Mass. General Law chap. 90 § 1 defines a thickly settled neighborhood as, ‘territory contiguous to any way which is built up with structures devoted to business, or the territory contiguous to anyway where dwelling houses are situated at such distances as will average less than two hundred feet between them for a distance of a quarter of a mile or over.'”

Although the Public Works Department will install a generous number of signs to inform the public, the law does not require such signs to be present for the 25 mph limit to be enforced, said the City of Framingham

“All that is required are for signs to be installed at the primary entry points to the community,” said the City in its release.

Motorists are expected to know if they are traveling in a thickly settled area or business district, said the City in its press release

Most of the City is covered by this speed limit.

Unless otherwise posted, people should consider the speed limit to be 25 mph.

The Framingham Police Department will immediately begin enforcing the new 25 mph speed limit. We anticipate handing out several warnings at first, said the City in a press release today, June 11.

However, that will not always be the case, said the City.

Motorists can expect strict enforcement in a very short time, said the City

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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