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Frequently Asked Questions

Be sure to view the entire list of Q & A's in the Speed Zones category!

Q:
Can we get a reduced speed limit around our school?
 A:

Schools typically have an abundance of pedestrian activities and vehicle drop-off and pick-up. Because of these conditions the State allows for reduced speed limits adjacent to the facilities when certain warrant are met.

MassDOT will approve a twenty (20) mile per hour zone for locations where the school property abuts the public street, and where the school has student in grades one (1) through nine (9).

The student population requirement is based on the following facts: preschool students rarely walk unattended to their school, and high school students should be mature enough to safely navigate the local streets.

When approved; the school zones are typically in effect during the morning entrance times, and afternoon exit times. A small sign, attached to the speed limit sign, notifies drivers of the times.

The warrants for School Zones are shown here, and can be viewed at: http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Portals/8/docs/traffic/MassMUTCD20120409.pdf.

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