Speed Limit signs will not be installed on Kilby Street, even though the average vehicle is traveling over 10 miles per hour over the limit.
The decision to do without signs on the busy Hingham road was made by the Traffic Committee on Wednesday night after they conducted a seven day study that showed that 85 percent of the recorded vehicles were traveling 41 miles per hour, which is higher than the legal 30 mph limit.
The committee argued that the speeds were not excessive enough, the number of police citations on the road were minimal, and the accident rate in the area was very low.
Hingham Traffic Sgt. Steven Dearth said the police department would assign officers to the area more frequently to slow down vehicles and in the warmer months, a speed radar trailer would be placed on the road.
The “Thickly Settled” signs, which are already posted on the roads, were also cleaned and made more visible by the Hingham DPW.
Kilby Street residents Geraldine Lombardo and Carole O’Connell had asked for the Speed Limit signs to be posted back in November. In addition, Committee member Harry Sylvester said the results of the speed study concerned him and thinks vehicles are traveling too fast on the road.
Committee member Paul Healey responded by saying the low accident rate to go along with the study prove that installing new signs is not worth the town’s resources.
The speed study was conducted in early December in the 100 block of Kilby Street, which is about a half mile from the East Elementary School.