Nobody seems to actually know what the speed limits are on Brundage Lane. At least not where the different limits apply and for how long.
More often than not, those traveling the well-known Sheridan road can be found to be cruising along at varying speeds. Some go 30 miles per hour, either because they are unaware of the actual limit or because they are lost and looking for a particular landmark.
Others tackle the busy road at 50 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic as though they are on a busy highway during rush-hour traffic.
Sure, there are signs that tell drivers that the portion from Interstate 90 to Big Horn Avenue is set at 40 miles per hour. Then there are signs west of Big Horn Avenue that tell people to slow down to 30 again. Even east of town, as the road runs into the county, markers indicate that drivers can pick up a little speed.
In one sense, the short patch of Brundage Lane set at 40 miles per hour makes sense. It is a transition from county to business district to neighborhood streets.
Typically there have been few pedestrians on that stretch of road. It consists primarily of restaurants, chain stores, gas stations and acts as a thoroughfare for those seeking other destinations throughout the community.
Recently, Sheridan Police Chief Richard Adriaens said he plans to hold discussions with officials from the Wyoming Department of Transportation regarding the lowering of the speed limit on Brundage Lane west of the interstate to 30 miles per hour.
Not a bad idea.
As Sheridan College continues to grow, more and more students will make their way on foot, bicycle and skateboard down Coffeen Avenue and across Brundage Lane to access local businesses.
In addition, as the city expands its pathway system — which is planned to cross Brundage Lane and eventually connect with Sheridan College — the last thing this city wants are families and recreation seekers playing a real-life version of Frogger as they make their way to the south end of the city.
According to state figures, the area around the Brundage Lane and Coffeen Avenue intersection saw 40 reportable crashes between 2006 and 2010. Police data, too, indicates the crossroads is one of the most dangerous in the city.
The traffic study that would be undertaken to study the intersection and determine the speed limit needs would be a worthwhile effort, though it will likely show transportation officials what they already know — crashes may be able to be avoided if the speed limit on Brundage Lane is lowered.