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Speed limits to be lowered near Rigby and Tetonia schools Monday

Speed limits will be reduced on state highways near two schools beginning Monday.

The Idaho Transportation Department said the speed limit on Idaho 48 west of Rigby will be reduced during school hours to 35 miles per hour near Rigby High School, Rigby Middle School, Jefferson and Farnsworth Elementary schools.

Crews have installed new speed signs and associated flashing lights. The speed limits will be activated in conjunction with the school calendar, so it will not be in effect at nights, on weekends, or during school beaks.

A similar plan also takes effect Monday on Idaho 33 in Tetonia. 25 mile per hour speed limit signs will be posted in the Tetonia Elementary school zone.

The zone extends about two-tenths of a mile on the highway between Teton Avenue and 3000 West, where many students cross.

The new speed restriction came at request of the Teton County School District #401 and the Teton County Sheriff’s Office. Studies found average speeds near 40 mph through the school zone, with approximately 2,500 vehicles traveling that stretch of the road every day.

The Idaho Transportation Department said studies have determined speeds that motorists consider reasonable, convenient and safe. They are intended to supplement driver judgement and are set at a level the studies indicate will be observed voluntarily.

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