Signs are now going up around Minneapolis and St. Paul alerting drivers to the new 20 mph speed limit in the Twin Cities.
Under changes approved earlier this year, the speed limits on arterial streets will be 25 mph and on side streets will be 20 mph unless otherwise signed. A few heavier-used city-owned streets will remain at 30 mph.
Over the next six weeks, public works staff in Minneapolis and St. Paul will install 280 "gateway" signs at entry points of the cities to inform drivers of the speed limits.
That's in addition to the 1,235 new or updated speed limit signs already erected on streets in Minneapolis since March, and 750 in St. Paul.
"Once all of the gateway signs are installed, the 20 mph speed limit on local residential streets will be in effect," the City of Minneapolis said, noting that generally 20 mph speed limit signs won't be posted on residential streets, but 25 mph signs have been installed on arterial roads.
Both cities took the measures as part of long-term strategies designed to reduce traffic deaths and injuries on city streets.
As the cities don't have the authority to change speed limits on county and Minnesota Department of Transportation roads, the speed limits on these will not be changed.