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New safety measures planned for WIS 15

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Posted at 7:16 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 20:16:47-05

GREEN BAY (NBC26) - There's a new plan to try to keep drivers safe and aware on Highway 15 in Outagamie County.

A speed and traffic study between Hortonville and Greenville has just wrapped up. Officials say there was extra enforcement along the highway as part of an extraordinary enforcement contract on Wisconsin 15.

“Over the time period we were enforcing, we made over 675 traffic stop. Over 320 were for speed,” said Sergeant Andrew Jacobs with state patrol.

From this study, they found that keeping the speed limit at 55 is the way to go. They say if they were to lower it to 45, they believe fewer than 10 percent of drivers would actually drive slower.

“Speeds don't indicate that's the problem,” said Brian Brock, the assistant planning and operations manager for the Wisconsin DOT. “The problem that occurs, that's showing up in the crashes and recent unfortunate fatal crashes, are drivers not paying attention to the main task of driving.”

The state DOT does have a new plan. That includes putting up speed signs next week so drivers know how fast they're going, which will cost about $15,000. They'll re-mark pavement when the weather allows; and they'll begin work on a 4-lane highway. To learn more about this project, click here.