WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Speed limit signs were changed and lane lines widened Monday on a section of Eastern Boulevard near the YMCA and about 800 feet from where a fatal accident occurred on Friday.
Washington County Public Works Director Joseph Kroboth III said the work was being done to convince motorists to drive at slower speeds.
On Monday morning, workers were spreading paint to widen the existing lane lines from 5 inches to 10 inches in an effort to slow traffic, Kroboth said. Studies have shown that motorists instinctively slow down because wider lane lines create the illusion of a narrower roadway, he said.
Kroboth said the speed limit signs were changed, lowering the limit from 40 mph to 30 mph.
The county initiated a traffic study about 2 1/2 months ago when a resident who lives across from the YMCA asked that a traffic light be installed at Eastern Boulevard and Chartridge Drive to slow traffic, Kroboth said.