Schurz, small town on Hwy 95

Schurz, NevadaNov 07, 20160 Comments

Schurz is a village located in Indian land along Hwy 95 and I got caught surprised by an officer of Walker River Tribal Police as I came around a bend between 50 and 40 MPH zones.

The rural speed limit along Highway 95 is 70 mph for wide stretches. I was driving legally for the 70 MPH stretches and monitoring the speed limit with my GPS, which alerts me to speed zone changes.

Inconsistent speeds between towns. The town of Shurz has a central speed limit of 35 mph whereas the near town of Walker Lake which seems more congested to my eyes, has a central speed limit of 50 MPH. Logically, I would expect both to be 50 MPH or the speeds reversed with 50 MPH for Schurz, the seeming less busy area.

No yellow diamond sign warning of 35 MPH zone ahead. Many communities along Highway 95 do this, but not Schurz.

A quick succession of speed limit change signs, especially if there seems no traffic reason for this until the town center is reached. Schurz has a rapid succession of 70, 60, 50, 40 and 35 MPH. A driver can be lulled into thinking they adjusted to the lower limit, only to find they missed the next sign.

The location and changed in speed limits to the state database which is in turn used in all manner of mapping, including the GPS maps in use be many drivers, is not up to date. My map is updated monthly and, for example, the speed limit change to 60 MPH both entering and leaving the town of Schurz does not register. There appears to be a gap in the information submitted to the state database.

A few days later I came through Schurz again and an officer had another out of stater pulled over on the same stretch.

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