More than 1,000 sign petitions for Highway 13

Craig resident Chris Walsh has collected 1,045 signatures from people who oppose lowering the speed limit on state Highway 13.

Walsh sent the petitions to the Colorado Department of Transp-ortation to block the change. He works at Trapper Mine and says lowering the speed limit won't stop vehicle collisions with animals.

The Colorado State Patrol has suggested CDOT lower the speed limit between Craig and Meeker from 65 mph to 55 mph.

"Not one person I've talked with . . . has thought that dropping the speed limit to 55 would make any difference. In fact, they agreed that the deer tend to take more chances crossing the road when the limit was 55 miles per hour," Walsh wrote in a letter he sent to CDOT.

About five years ago, the speed limit on the highway was 55 mph.

Before changing the speed limit again, CDOT traffic engineer Jim Nall said the roads department would have to conduct a study on the highway.

Rather than lowering the speed limit, Walsh suggested CDOT mow the vegetation that grows along the highway or spray it with herbicides. The curbside vegetation attracts deer and elk in search of forage, Walsh said.

Walsh plans to continue collecting signatures on petitions he has left at MJK Sales and Feed, Dark Horse Liquor and local convenience stores.

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