The Sheridan County Commissioners denied a request from a property owner to lower the speed limit from 35 mph to 15 mph on a portion of Murphy Gulch Road, which is a “dry weather road.”
The Bergstrom's, whose property is at the end of Murphy Gulch Road, contacted the Sheridan County Road and Bridge Department in the summer of 2009 seeking assistance in slowing the traffic through their property.
After evaluating the situation, County Road and Bridge placed 15 mph advisory signs on either side of the Bergstrom's property. A “loose stock” sign was also placed approximately half a mile north of their yard.
The Bergstrom's request to lower the speed limit on Murphy Gulch Road was the result of one neighboring landowner not complying with the advisory signs that were put up by the County in the fall of 2009.
County Commissioner Bob Rolston says that they chose to leave the speed limit as is because it simply wouldn't be feasible to enforce.
A speed study that was conducted on Murphy Gulch Road in 2009 showed that of the 758 vehicles counted over a week's time, 34% of them exceeded the speed limit.