On July 16, 2018, the Wheaton City Council voted to lower the speed limit for City of Wheaton residential neighborhoods from 30 mph to 25 mph. The City is making this speed limit change, combined with the program for new sidewalks, to improve safety for the community.
Over the next few weeks, the City’s Public Works Department will be updating signs on City streets. The new speed limit will go into effect on Aug. 1, 2018, before the new school year begins.
The City Council explored the process of lowering the speed limit based on a traffic study conducted by the engineering firm Kenin, Lindgren, O’Hara, Aboona, Inc. (KLOA).
While 25 mph will be the speed limit for the majority of residential streets, there are some streets considered major collector and arterial streets, where traffic volumes exceed 6,000 cars per day. These streets serve as major access routes to and from Wheaton, and they will maintain their current speed limit.
- Streets maintaining a speed limit of 30 mph include:
- Main Street – north of Seminary Avenue
- President Street
- Blanchard Street – south of Roosevelt Road
- West Street – south of Willow Avenue
- Warrenville Road – south of Roosevelt Road
- Wiesbrook Road
- Orchard Road – south of Wiesbrook Road
- Manchester Road
- East Loop Road
- West Loop Road
- Leask Lane
- 22nd Street
- Lorraine Road – south of Roosevelt Road
- Streets maintaining a speed limit of 35 mph include:
- Gary Avenue – north of Harrison
- Shaffner Road
Drivers and pedestrians will see new street signs, neighborhood yard signs, electronic message boards and more information regarding the new speed limit change in the next two weeks. Residents interested in helping spread the word in their neighborhoods about the new speed limit may pick up a “Drive 25” yard sign or car magnet at Wheaton City Hall, 303 W Wesley Street, starting the week of July 30. These will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the City at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Public Information Officer Arin Thrower at 630-260-2190.