By Alyssa Schnugg
With the new West Oxford Loop Extension set to open later this month, Oxford and Lafayette County leaders have set the speed limit on the new road at 40 mph.
On Monday, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors agreed with County Engineer Larry Britt’s suggestion to follow the city’s lead and set the speed limit of the portion of the road in the county at 40 mph.
Britt told the supervisors that Oxford officials had set the city portion of the road at 40 mph and that it would be a good idea to keep the same speed limit for the entire road.
Supervisor David Rikard pointed out that College Hill Road is also 40 mph.
“It will be consistent with College Hill,” he said at the meeting.
Punch list items will be reviewed over the next few days, according to Britt, and then the road will be opened to drivers.
Earlier this month, Mayor Robyn Tannehill said the road should be open for traffic by the end of the month and that a ribbon-cutting ceremony will be planned when that occurs.
The $7 million road extended West Oxford Loop to College Hill Road and it will eventually be extended to Industrial Park Road in the second phase of the project.