LA VERGNE - Drivers on Waldron Road may find they can now reach their destinations a little more quickly, thanks to an increase in the speed limit.
The speed limit was changed Feb. 22 to 45 mph between Industrial Boulevard and Murfreesboro Road.
The La Vergne Police Department was not made aware of the speed limit change until Feb. 25.
“Once a citation is issued, no one can legally interfere with the process,” Police Chief Mike Walker said. “If citizens question any citations issued by the police, they are urged to appear during the court date stated on the ticket. According to state law, the municipal judge is the only one who can dismiss a ticket, even though it may have been issued in error. According to an e-mail we received Monday afternoon from LoJac, the speed limit signs were changed last Friday afternoon, unbeknown to us.”
After years of construction in a project to widen the road, the city anticipates only two more months of work until it is complete. The final push will be in putting the last layer of asphalt down and striping the lanes.
“We didn’t expect the speed limits to change until the project was completed, but the state or contractor made the change late last week without notifying us,” said Bruce Richardson, interim city administrator for the city of La Vergne. “We hope they can finish the remainder of the project as quickly as possible.”
The Waldron Road widening project is being managed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation. LoJac Inc. is the contractor responsible for the construction work.