Why are there two different speed limits on Rye Beach Road?
Questions like this are why I love the Mailbag - the answer is unexpected! I called the Huron Township building and learned the middle of Rye Beach Road is actually the boundary between the township and the city of Huron. That means the southbound lane is in the township, where the speed limit is 50 mph, but the northbound lane is in the city, where the speed limit is 35 mph. I called over the the Huron Police Department to see how they deal with patrolling that stretch of road. The answer: They just worry about what's in their jurisdiction, i.e. the northbound lane. They also have a good working relationship with the sheriff's department, which is responsible for the southbound lane of the road.