The speed limit on all roads maintained by Tate County will remain at 45 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted, for now. The possibility of lowering the countywide limit to 40 was discussed by Supervisors at their monthly meeting Monday, Oct. 4.
District 2 Supervisor Eddie Branan said he was informed by county engineer Larry Britt that Arkabutla Road, which runs west of Coldwater to Savage near the Tunica County line, was originally designed for a speed limit of 40 miles per hour.
“My question is if Arkabutla Road is limited to 40, do we need to lower the speed for vehicles on other county roads?” Branan said.
“My understanding is the speed limit has always been 45 for all back roads,” District 4 Billy Saunders replied.
Chief Deputy Victor Byrd of the Tate County Sheriff’s Office confirmed if a speed limit sign is not posted on a section of county road, the maximum speed allowed according to law is 45 miles per hour.
Branan said his interest was piqued after county road manager Benton Ash received a call from a resident stating there were no speed limit signs posted on Arkabutla Road from the Coldwater River bridge to Savage.
There actually is a sign on the first bridge west of Coldwater, but the writing is indistinguishable because it has faded over time.
County attorney John Lamar advised lowering the limit to 40 could carry a heavy price tag since it would involve posting new signs on roads in every part of the county.
“That’s a lot of sign money,” said Daryl Ricks, District 5 Supervisor.
Ricks made a motion, after several more minutes of discussion, to leave the speed limit at 45 unless there is a sign on a county road specifying a lower or higher rate. The motion passed unanimously.
Ricks made another motion, that also passed unanimously, to lower the speed limit to 20 miles per hour on approximately 100 yards of Sycamore Road from Highway 305 to Independence Methodist Church.
“There is a lot of foot traffic between the Red Barn Café and The Sip Café on that part of the road,” Ricks explained. “The Sip has installed a small playground and recreational area in front and a lot of children are there running around.”
The new signs signifying a speed limit of 20 miles per hour on that section of Sycamore Road will be posted soon.
The speed limit in a residential neighborhood in the Senatobia city limits is 25 miles per hour unless a sign is posted stating otherwise.