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Melrose Road to See Speed Reduction Times Across From Melrose School

7:28 PM · Jan 12, 2023

The Douglas County Public Works Department in concert with the Douglas County Board of Commissioners, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Roseburg School District announced that they are in the process of implementing a new traffic control change on Melrose Road adjacent to Melrose Elementary School, which is located about 5 miles west of Roseburg. The new safety inspired traffic control change in the designated ‘Melrose Elementary School Zone’ includes additional overhead flashing lights, a regulatory speed limit reduction, new traffic control warning signs and the installation of electronic speed radar devices. The new traffic control change is set to go into effect on Monday, January 23, 2023, in time for the first school bus drop off at 8:15 am. The most notable change to Melrose Road and the Melrose Elementary School zone will be a traffic speed reduction during designated times* from the current cautionary 45 MPH when the overhead lights flash to a 20 MPH regulatory school zone when the lights flash. Additionally, electronic speed radar devices will be installed and will read the vehicle speed and display it back to the motor vehicle operator as they pass through the area. *The schedule for the traffic speed reduction school zone will be in effect Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, and Wednesdays from 8:00 am to 9:00 am and 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Outside of these times, the posted speed will be 45 MPH, and the speed radar devices will read back the vehicle speed from 40 MPH up to 55 MPH. It will flash a warning for vehicle speeds in excess of 55 MPH to 65 MPH and will flash a “Slow Down” warning for vehicle speeds that exceed 65 MPH. Douglas County continues to place public safety as a top priority for our residents, and this includes implementing projects and safety measures that increase the safety for our children, students, staff and residents in and around our schools. Please note that this traffic control change may impact your drive time. Safety is always a priority for the motoring public and we ask that you please follow and obey all posted signs and warnings. For more information, please contact Douglas County Public Works Department at (541) 440-4481.

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