(Orange, Texas)

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May 7, 2014

New speed limit for Echo Forest

VIDOR — Concerned citizens of the Echo Forest subdivision in Vidor will be able to rest a little easier.

Orange County Commissioners Court held a public hearing concerning a proposed truck speed limit of 20 miles per hour in the area.

Commissioner Pct. 4 Jody Crump said he had several calls from residents concerned as children and grandchildren are on the road as well as the dump trucks from a new sandpit in the area.

“The area is one that it is quite common to see kids playing in the streets or out walking their dog,” County Engineer Clark Slacum said during the public hearing Monday. “The speed limit of 30 miles per hour is too high for this area.”

The court approved a new speed limit of 20 miles per hour for commercial vehicles during the Monday afternoon meeting.

“The roads are not built for dump trucks,” Slacum said. “Lowering the speed limit will decrease the wear and tear on the roads.”

Slacum suggested the change in speed limit affect the entire subdivision out of concern the trucks would use a different route.

Approximately 90-99 residents live in the area according to Slacum.

No one present spoke out against the change.

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