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County, city agree to lower speed limit on East Burlington

Union photo by Andy Hallman

Jefferson County and the City of Fairfield have agreed to reduce the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph near the Crow Creek Bridge in the hopes of improving safety, especially for motorists turning onto Parkview Care Center’s driveway near the bridge.
Union photo by Andy Hallman Jefferson County and the City of Fairfield have agreed to reduce the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph near the Crow Creek Bridge in the hopes of improving safety, especially for motorists turning onto Parkview Care Center’s driveway near the bridge.
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FAIRFIELD — The Jefferson County Board of Supervisors and City of Fairfield have agreed to reduce the speed limit on East Burlington Avenue on the eastern edge of Fairfield.

The Supervisors learned at their weekly meeting Monday, March 17, that everything was in order to go ahead with changing the speed limit from 55 to 45 mph near the Crow Creek Bridge and the driveway to Parkview Care Center. Under the new configuration, the 55 mph sign on the west side of the bridge will be moved to a spot 300 feet east of the Parkview Care Center’s driveway.

The county and city came to a consensus that reducing the speed limit was a small step in the right direction toward improving the safety of motorists, particularly those who have to pause on East Burlington Avenue in order to turn into Parkview Care Center. The matter was brought up in light of an accident in October in which two people died as a result of one vehicle swerving to miss another that was paused at that intersection.

In other news, the supervisors agreed to install touchless soap dispensers in the public bathroom in the Jefferson County Courthouse as a way to fight the spread of germs, particularly in light of the coronavirus outbreak sweeping the world. The only catch is that soap for the dispenser is not yet available because other customers are hoarding it.

“We thought this would be a better solution for public safety,” said Supervisor Daryn Hamilton. “We also talked about installing baby changing tables for both men’s and women’s restrooms. Those will be free-standing units, not attached to the wall, and have a safety belt so the baby can’t roll off. We’ve had people asking why we don’t have those at the courthouse.”

The supervisors also talked about the importance of promoting the 2020 U.S. Census. The Census Bureau has already mailed reminders to Fairfield residents, informing them they can fill out the census online. Additionally, the bureau plans to send workers door-to-door to those residents who have not filled it out online. The supervisors talked about how important it is for the county’s population to be counted accurately, since several funding sources use census data to determine how much each county should get on a particular appropriation.