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County may lower limit on Short Mt. Rd.
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A caution sign warns motorists of one of the many curves on Short Mountain Road. The curve was the scene of a fatal accident last month.

Warren County government will be conducting a study on Short Mountain Road to consider lowering the speed limit.
The county Highway and Bridge Committee met Tuesday. In attendance were Gary Prater, chair, Blaine Wilcher, David Rhea and Gary Martin. Commissioner Randy England was absent.
In attendance was County Executive Herschel Wells, who presented information he obtained from Sheriff Jackie Matheny.
“I spoke with Jackie, from June 15 of last year to June 16 of this year, there were 14 accidents from the three-way stop to the county line,” said Wells. “He called (Highway Patrol Sgt.) Billy Prater and he’s going to get us what the state troopers have to say about accidents out there.”
Encouraging the committee to consider a change to the speed limit was local resident Billy Goff.
“There have been nine fatalities that I know of in the last three, four or five years,” said Goff. “No more than five years. I don’t know how many accidents there have been in that time. Quite a few.”
The latest bad wreck on Short Mountain Road took the life of Ashley Celestino, 19, who died June 13. The accident happened during a brief thunderstorm as Celestino was heading northbound in her Nissan Xterra near Short Mountain Road’s intersection with Patterson Road. According to a passenger in the car, Celestino lost control as they were coming around a curve.
Short Mountain Road is extremely curvy and narrow. Because the road doesn’t have shoulders, it presents problems for motorists.
“What broke my heart was the little girl who wrecked out there about two weeks ago during a rainstorm,” said Goff. “It killed her and injured a passenger. It broke my heart. I had to speak up. Something needs to be done.”
Road Superintendent Levie Glenn says all the accident reports need to be reviewed in order to be sure what caused the wrecks. He said a traffic impact study should be performed on the road in order to lower the speed limit.
“To set a different speed limit, we need to do an impact study and look at all the accident reports,” said Glenn. “I can get a friend to help me and we can look at an impact study, get reports from Billy Prater, and see what caused the wrecks. Was it weather, speed, driving under the influence? I’m all for safety. Don’t get me wrong. There needs to be a reason, according to the bylaws, to reduce the speed.”
Wells said he drove the street and there are six 45 mph speed limit signs going outbound and five inbound.
Prater says the issue could be a need for increased policing.
“Unless it’s policed, you can put any speed limit you want and it won’t make a difference,” said Prater.
Committee members unanimously approved Glenn conducting a study on the road and bringing that information back for their review.