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Sunnyside wants to make highway speed limit markers more visible to motorists

The city of Sunnyside will contact Grandview, Toppenish and other neighboring communities to see if they have large stencils that can be used to make the Yakima Valley Highway speed limit signs more visible.

The speed limit is 35 m.p.h., but the roadway is so wide that speed limit signs are difficult to post. The alternative, which the city has done, is to stencil the speed limit on the roadway itself.

Shane Fisher is Sunnyside's public works supervisor, and during a public works committee meeting yesterday, Wednesday, he said the size of lettering currently painted on the roadway is too small for motorists to see and needs to be bigger.

Fisher said if neighboring cities do not have larger stencils, then public works employees will create their own because the large stencils are expensive to purchase.

"We need to do something different," Fisher said of improving the speed limit's visibility.

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