City of Bolivar, MO
Polk County
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Cross Reference — As to specific speed limits, see Sch. I of this Title III.

Section 340.010 Maximum Limits — Within Central Business Districts.

[R.O. 2007 §340.010; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-1), 11-16-1973]
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour within a Central Business District.

Section 340.020 Outside Central Business Districts.

[R.O. 2007 §340.020; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-2), 11-16-1973; Ord. No. 2735, 8-9-2007]
A. 
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour outside a Central Business District; provided, that the Director of Public Works is empowered, subject to the approval of the City Administrator, to increase or decrease the speed limit on streets wherein, in his/her opinion by reasons of distance from the center of population, width and conditions of roadway and the amount of traffic thereon, a higher or lower limit is reasonable and free from undue hazard; and the Director of Public Works shall exercise the power to increase or decrease said speed limits by filing a written order with the office of the City Clerk specifying the recommended speed limit increase or decrease on a particular road or portions thereof and specifying the reasons for such increase or decrease in speed limit consistent with the purposes stated in this Section. Upon receipt of a written order from the Director of Public Works as provided for in this Section, the City Clerk shall submit such order to the City Administrator for review; and the City Administrator shall have the power to approve or reject such order. If the written order from the Director of Public Works as provided for in this Section is approved by the City Administrator, then such order of increase or decrease in speed limit shall be signed and dated by the City Administrator and returned to the office of the City Clerk for filing and such order shall take effect immediately upon the placing of adequate and clearly legible signage as provided for in Subsection (B) of this Section; and if the written order from the Director of Public Works as provided for in this Section is rejected by the City Administrator, the City Administrator shall notify the Director of Public Works in writing of the reasons for rejection.
B. 
Adequate and clearly legible signs stating such increased or decreased speed limit shall be placed along such streets and roadways.
C. 
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of the limits thereby designated.

Section 340.030 Speed Limit — Approach To Certain Intersections.

[R.O. 2007 §340.030; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-3), 11-16-1973]
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour within one hundred (100) feet of intersections designated by the Director of Public Works and plainly marked with such speed limits.

Section 340.040 Speed Limit — in School Zones.

[R.O. 2007 §340.040; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-4), 11-16-1973; Ord. No. 1276, 3-11-1993; Ord. No. 1323, 10-14-1993]
A. 
No person shall operate a vehicle in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour on any day when school is in session along the following streets between 7:00 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. or between 2:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.:
1. 
On Division Street from North Hartford Avenue east to Missouri State Highway "D" as now located;
2. 
On Madison Street from South Claud Avenue east to Lillian Avenue.

Section 340.050 Speed Greater Than Reasonable and Prudent.

[R.O. 2007 §340.050; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-5), 11-16-1973]
A. 
No person shall drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.
B. 
The City may, on any section of road where construction or major maintenance operations are being effected, fix a speed limit in such areas by posting of appropriate signs, and the operation of a motor vehicle in excess of such speed limit in the area so posted shall be deemed prima facie evidence of careless and imprudent driving and a violation of Section 335.220.

Section 340.060 Minimum Speed.

[R.O. 2007 §340.060; Ord. No. 486 §9(p-6), 11-16-1973]
No person shall unnecessarily drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede normal traffic.

Section 340.070 Special Speed Zones in Construction Areas.

[R.O. 2007 §340.080; Ord. No. 2437, 12-9-2003; Ord. No. 2479, 6-10-2004]
Notwithstanding any speed limit created by this Chapter or by an ordinance as reflected in the Schedule I to Title III, the Director of Public Works and Engineering is hereby authorized, by an order in writing, to establish a speed limit that is less than that provided by these ordinances along any portion of an alley, road, street or highway where there is ongoing construction or maintenance of either roadway or other utilities within the right-of-way for such alley, road, street or highway. Such speed limits shall be reasonable and consistent with the conditions created by virtue of the construction and expected construction or maintenance and all such reduced speed limits shall be visibly posted at either end of the stretch of alley way, road way, street or highway on, over or under which construction is ongoing or is imminently planned and shall also be placed at intervals of no less frequently than one-half (½) mile, if the total stretch of roadway wherein speed limits are to be limited is greater than that length. Upon the entry of an order consistent with this Chapter, such order shall be filed by the Director of Public Works and Engineering with the City Clerk and shall be presented to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen at the next regular meeting of the Board of Aldermen who shall then, or at any later date, have the right to amend such order by ordinance in any manner that the Board shall deem appropriate. However, the order of the Director shall be effective as of the date that it is filed with the office of the City Clerk and shall continue in effect unless and until the Board of Aldermen shall amend the same by ordinance or until it is earlier rescinded or amended by the Director and written notice thereof provided to the City Clerk.