The Town is in the process of lowering the residential speed limit to 25 mph. Flower Mound Town Council voted on Nov. 15 to make this change after discussing safety concerns and at the recommendation of the Transportation Commission.
Many residential streets in town are currently 30 mph. Prior to this change, subdivisions could collect two-thirds of residents’ signatures to request their speed limits be lowered to 25 mph. Approximately 20 percent of Flower Mound residential streets are already at 25 mph or less because of those requests or because Town staff determined a lower speed limit was appropriate for a particular roadway.
Staff is now working to roll out the reduced speed limit signs on residential streets across town, starting on the northeast side and working west. The entire process is expected to take 18 months. We will provide updates on our website and social media channels when crews enter new neighborhoods and areas. The new 25 mph speed limit goes into effect on a street once the speed limit sign is posted.
In determining to make this change, staff, the Transportation Commission, and Town Council looked at many safety factors, including speed versus the likelihood of injury or death. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration study found that a pedestrian’s risk of death when a vehicle is going 20 mph is 5 percent, but it’s 40 percent at 30 mph.
A subdivision can now request that the speed limit be raised back to 30 mph with two-thirds support from its residents and final action by Town Council. To learn more about these changes and view a map of where crews are working now, visit www.flower-mound.com/residentialspeed.