SAN JOSE, Calif. (KCBS) – San Jose drivers are being warned of a new, lower speed limit in place around Trace Elementary School.

Previously, the speed limit around the campus was 25 mph. Now, drivers are being told to slow to 15 mph.

The new, lower speed limit covers several blocks of Dana Ave., because of the fire that forced the construction of portable classrooms across the street from Trace Elementary School.

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“I think it’s a good idea,” offered one mom. “There’s a lot of kids going back and forth so if we’re slower I think it will help out.”

“Honestly, I think they should have lowered it a long time ago,” added another mom.

The lower speed limit is expected to be formally approved by the San Jose City Council Tuesday.

New speed limits signs were already posted around the school. It is the only stretch of roadway in San Jose with a 15 mph limit in place.

Meanwhile, school is back in session at Trace Elementary School, six weeks after the arson fire burned one of its main buildings to the ground.

On the morning of July 5, a five-alarm blaze destroyed a 25,000-square-foot building that housed 16 classrooms for kindergarten through second grade as well as offices and a library media center.

The blaze caused about $10 million in damage. No arrests have been made in connection with the fire.

Construction of the permanent replacement classrooms is expected to take about 18 months to two years.


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