LONDONDERRY — A well-traveled road in town is getting some speed-reduction rules thanks to town officials who want to slow down traffic.
Town councilors have approved lowering the speed limit on Litchfield Road to 30 mph.
The limit was previously 35 mph.
The decision came after residents voiced concerns about speeds that vehicles were traveling on the road, and also the amount of traffic there.
Town Manager Kevin Smith said Litchfield Road is often used a "cut through" from places near the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport to other locations, including Route 3.
He said the road is often discussed at meetings of the town's Traffic Safety Committee.
Police Chief William Hart said the decision to lower the speed limit was a good one.
"This is a prudent decision to make," he said, adding in the past decade traffic on Londonderry roads has increased.
Hart said the reduced speed limit won't necessarily change the amount of traffic on Litchfield Road. He urged the town to educate the public about the new speed limit with signs, on social media and other ways of communication.
"I do believe in all sincerity that this will make a difference," Hart said. "There are excessive speeds on roads and we recognize this is a problem we need to deal with."