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Ellisville residents, worry about speeding on heavily traveled road

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Ellisville residents and elected officials are concerned about speeding on a road that had more than 12 accidents in 2015.

Residents and motorists say speeding is a problem on Old State Road, a four mile long street between Manchester and Route 109.  Drivers are constantly going over the 40 MPH speed limit, especially at rush hour.

“They drive too fast and as a pedestrian I worry if they lost control, I’d be gone,” said Ellisville resident Connie Perkinson.

Concern about speeding has been increasing, especially on the section of road that is four lanes wide. Residents have taken those concerns to city officials, some of whom want to lower the speed limit to 30 or 35 MPH.

“People are using Old State Road as a cut through to get to Eureka and Pacific, and they’re not looking out for customers and the people and pedestrians also trying to use the road. It’s turned into a really dangerous situation,” said Ellisville City Councilman Mick Cahill.

However, city officials do not have the power to lower the speed limit because the road is owned by St. Louis County. Ellisville plans to work with the county to study traffic patterns to see if a speed reduction is justified.

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