Who set speed limits on local highways?

The New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law gives the authority to set speed limits to villages and cities. Towns with populations of 50,000 or more, or defined as “suburban towns” in Section 3A of the Town Law, may also set their own speed limits. This authority extends to county roads within such towns. The New York State Department of Transportation has the authority to set speed limits on county and town roads that do not meet the requirements listed above.

Car drives past a 30 mph speed limit sign on Cornell University Campus on January 1st 2015

To change speed limits on these roads, the town board and the county highway superintendent must file a joint request with the Regional Office of the New York State Department of Transportation to conduct a speed limit study.

There are some specific exceptions in Article 41.

Resources

Vehicle and Traffic Law
Click on the drop down menu for Laws and select Laws of New York & scroll down to VAT - Vehicle & Traffic

NYSDOT, Traffic Engineering Directive OS 03-002 -
Traffic Control Program: Speed Limits (pdf)

Cover of the Traffic Sign Handbook

Traffic Sign Handbook for Local Roads, 2011 New York State Edition, September 2011 (pdf)

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