SHEFFIELD — Town officials will ask the state to conduct a speed study of Main Street after all, with hopes that the study will net a lower speed limit in the downtown area.
The Select Board voted unanimously on Monday to send a letter of request to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to request the study.
Selectwoman Nadine Hawver brought the motion forward, citing “new information” obtained from further discussions with the office of state Rep. William “Smitty” Pignatelli, D-Lenox about the crosswalks in the town center, though she did not indicate what that new information was.
The speed limit – and general pedestrian safety – on Route 7, which runs through the town’s center, was called into question in April following the death of Gillian Siedl, who was struck and killed by a pickup truck while in a crosswalk near the Bushnell Sage Library.
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