The speed limit on a section of Sawyer Ranch Road east of Drippings Springs will be reduced to 35 miles per hour in the name of safety.
Hays County Commissioners May 30 approved lowering the speed limit from 50 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour on Sawyer Ranch Road from Belterra Drive to Cool Spring Way. The section of road is near Sycamore Springs Middle School and the entrance to the Highpointe subdivision.
“This reduces the day to day speed limit essentially in front of the new school that was built on Sawyer Ranch Road,” said Jerry Borcherding, county transportation director. “It reduces the day-to-day speed limit to 35 mph when school [zone]is not in session.”
Pam Swanks, Dripping Springs ISD director of transportation, said district officials support lowering the speed limit.
During the morning and afternoon, when children are arriving and leaving school, the school zone speed limit is 30 mph.
The item was approved by a 4-0, with Hays County Pct. 4 Commissioner Ray Whisenant absent.
While there have been a few reported accidents on the intersection of Sawyer Ranch Road and Highway 290, the speed limit will not change there.