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CDOT says Tabernash speed limit ‘appropriate’

Tonya Bina
Tabernash, Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation has rejected Grand County’s request to post a lower speed limit through unincorporated Tabernash.

“We have performed an investigation and determined that the current 40 mph is appropriate,” states a Jan. 15 letter to county commissioners from CDOT’s Region 3 Traffic Program Engineer Pete Mertes.

The letter goes on to explain that CDOT evaluated the accident history through Tabernash to east of the railroad bridge and concluded “no accident patterns or trends can be related to excessive speeds.”

CDOT also evaluated other highway speeds in areas “consistent” with Tabernash and concluded, the letter states, that “highway speeds in those areas were consistent with those in Tabernash.”

Another area of commissioners’ concern was Grand County Roads 85 and 87 near Indian Peaks Rental off of Highway 40 west to mile marker 217. CDOT concluded that the speed limit at the area of the intersections is appropriate and that there is not a substantiated need for accel/decel lanes in that location.

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