CORVALLIS, Ore. -- New speed limits took effect Tuesday in south Corvallis near where an 11-year-old girl was killed last month.
The speed on Highway 99 will be reduced from 35 to 25 mph from Avery Avenue to Hopkins Avenue. Speeds also will be dropped to 30 mph until southeast Park Street.
The speed reductions come after weeks of protests by pedestrians and others to draw attention to the dangerous section of road on Southwest 3rd Street.
Corvallis resident Amber Hall spends time in the area with her son and was encouraged to hear about the speed reductions.
"My son and I are always crossing the road right here. A lot of times we're here after dark, so I think people being more aware they should be driving more slowly is great," Hall said.
Others said they want safety to be improved but raised concerns about what slower speeds could do to traffic.
"I do believe that yes, making everyone travel a bit slower will increase safety but it also reduces efficiency of travel drastically for everyone," said Corvallis resident Ian Founds.
The speed limits aren't the only change. Crews recently installed flashing lights at four crossings and put in new crosswalk signs to make it safer for pedestrians.
There will be more Corvallis Police officers in the area to help drivers adjust to the changes. ODOT said signs will also be updated Tuesday to reflect the slower speeds.