Edina, Minn., Aug. 24, 2021 – To improve safety and mobility of all users and all modes of transportation, the speed limit on most local streets in Edina will be reduced to 25 mph this fall.
In 2019, municipalities were granted the ability to reduce local speed limits below 30 mph. The City was required to look at a traffic and engineering analytics and national guidance for urban speed limits. Staff conducted an analysis of 2016 and 2019 crash data, including the average number of cars on streets and the speed there. The analysis showed local streets that make up most of Edina’s transportation system see less than 1,000 vehicles a day, and that most people already drive 25 mph or lower.
The Edina City Council approved the speed limit change earlier this year. Collector and arterial streets will remain at 30 mph because they serve a regional traffic need. Examples of streets that will remain at 30 mph are Interlachen Boulevard, a portion of West 50th Street by Minnesota Highway 100 and the frontage road system along Interstation 494.
About 250 signs will need to be replaced or added. City crews plan to complete a quadrant each month, starting on the east side and working west. All signs should be in place by the end of the year.
Staff will evaluate traffic and crash data and prepare additional recommendations regarding enforcement, communication and infrastructure.
For more information, visit EdinaMN.gov/Drive25 or contact Transportation Planner Andrew Scipioni, 952-826-0440 or ascipioni@EdinaMN.gov.