By Brandon Smith Twitter: @NTVBrandonSmith firstname.lastname@example.org
Residents of Broken Bow look to lower the speed limit of what they call a dangerous highway. A portion of Highway 2 that has seen more than its share of accidents, some even fatal has sprung a petition called Put on the Brakes. Residents want the make changes to the highway to keep drivers safe.
"In the last two or three years we've had major car accidents on this side of town and the east side of town, and in September it got us all thinking that something need to be done out here," said Mike Steckler, President & CEO of Melham Medical Center.
Debris still lingers from the fatal wreck that killed one and injured others. Some think the accident and numerous others on this stretch of the highway are due to the speed limit, which residents are trying to make state officials aware with a petition.
"We want to get things slowed down out here," said Julie Toline, the News Director of KCNI/KBBN. "We would like to get turning lanes. We want to save lives. We want to be proactive rather than reactive."
A speed reduction to 45 and turning lanes has the support of more than 1100 online signatures that have witnessed too many close calls.
"There will be a semi that's up to 65 already coming behind you, and one coming from the north going 65 and there's no where to go. If the semi doesn't see you they end up taking the shoulder and go around you," said Toline.
Tire tracks represent some of the accidents and near misses in the area, and with increased traffic coming to the area due to development in the city the time is now to try make the road safer.
"We just want to get ahead of this and be proactive and make sure our voices our heard, and what we think is appropriate is done rather than wait for people to die," said Steckler.
The online petition can be found at www.kbbn.com and will run through February 20th. A statement from the Nebraska Department of Roads says a potential February 24th meeting will have officials on both sides meet to discuss results of Broken Bow's most recent speed limits study.