Portland officials begin replacing 25 mph neighborhood speed limit signs

PBOT crews replace the first 25 mph with a 20 mph sign (Photo courtesy PBOT)

Portland crews have begun replacing residential speed limit signs of 25 mph with new 20 mph signs.

PBOT installed the first signs along SE 168th Avenue just south of Stark Tuesday morning. The city voted last month to lower the speed limit in residential areas by 5 mph.

"For me this is a big deal, and some people may complain about it, but this will absolutely save lives," Capt. Mike Krebs with Portland Police said.

PBOT started with signs in east Portland and will eventually move to north Portland, because that's where the highest rates of deadly traffic crashes are located.

They aim to have all the new signs installed by April 1.

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