West Columbia, SC – To enhance safety and improve the overall quality of life for residents, the City of West Columbia worked with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) to create a uniformed 25-mile-per-hour speed limit on the north side of Sunset Blvd, from N. Lucas Street to McSwain Drive. The initiative was originally brought to Council by a local Westover Acres/Saluda Gardens resident Rachel Campbell, who contacted SCDOT about creating the uniform speed limit. City Council unanimously passed the recommendation at the August 2023 Special Council Meeting.
City Staff replaced speed limit signs throughout the area to reflect the updated speed limits on Monday, November 20, 2023. Residents and commuters are advised to follow the new speed limit and exercise caution while navigating through areas with the updated speed limits.
Mayor Tem Miles stated, “I am glad that there is now one consistent speed limit for these neighborhoods. This will make the area safer for pedestrians and drivers.”
District 3 Councilperson George Crowe said, “Setting lower speed limits improves safety in several ways. Research tells us that we have a decline in accidents and a dramatic drop in high-end speeding.”
District 6 Councilperson Jimmy Brooks said, “Reducing the speed limits throughout the neighborhoods should make the areas safer for pedestrians and drivers.”
District 7 Councilperson Sarah Mattern said, “A big thank you to Rachel Campbell for bringing a solution to the speeding problem in our neighborhood to council and for working with SCDOT to encourage everyone to slow down.”