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Thursday, 30 October 2014 13:38

Council Approves Speed Limit Changes on Turlock Roads

Written by  Janie Costa
Council Approves Speed Limit Changes on Turlock Roads TurlockCityNews.com
The Turlock City Council met Tuesday approving, in a 5-0 vote, amendments to the City of Turlock Municipal Code to include changes in speed limits to roads across Turlock.

A series of speed limits will be increased or decreased 5 mph based on a speed limit safety study completed every five, seven, or 10 years, of which the Council recently adopted.

The California Vehicle Code allows local agencies to increase or decrease regulatory speed limits when supported by an Engineering and Traffic survey; the surveys take into account vehicle speeds, accident history and roadway conditions to ensure the recommended speed limits are reflective of any unique conditions associated with specific roads.

With the adoption of Engineering and Traffic Survey, it allows for legal enforcement of the modified speed limits, without it, it would be deemed a “speed trap” per the California Vehicle Code, which would make proper traffic enforcement a challenge.

Those receiving a speed limit increase include North Berkeley Avenue between Hawkeye Avenue and East Avenue (25 mph to 30 mph) and Olive Avenue between Canal Drive and Christoffersen Parkway (30 mph to 35 mph).

Additionally, speed limits will be increased on North Golden State Boulevard between West Canal Drive and West Main Street (30 mph to 35 mph), and North Minaret Avenue between East Main Street and East Avenue (25 mph to 30 mph).

Speed limits on Countryside Drive between Fulkerth Road and Monte Vista Avenue will be decreased (40 mph to 35 mph), among others.

Additionally, a series of stretches of roads with no speed limits currently posted will be updated with signs to reflect speeds based on the study.

These include, South Broadway between East Olive Avenue to D Street (25 mph), and South Washington Road between West Main Street and West Linwood Avenue (55 mph).

A complete list of adopted changes can be found here.
 

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  1. Wondering...

should we really be increasing the speed (even if it's just 5 mph) with the crappy drivers that are coming into Turlock lately?

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  1. Speshkul

The problem isn't the speed. It's the number of lanes. Turlock grew in population but not in consideration of that growth where roads are concerned.

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  1. Joe B

I wonder if anyone at the city realizes that Golden State Blvd does not intersect W Main St?

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The stop lights on Monte Vista need to be changed from Walnut to Geer. The Reds are incredible too long when driving East-West on Monte Vista at Walnut, Crowell, and especially Del's Lane and one can only assume that this is due to the...

The stop lights on Monte Vista need to be changed from Walnut to Geer. The Reds are incredible too long when driving East-West on Monte Vista at Walnut, Crowell, and especially Del's Lane and one can only assume that this is due to the University. Del's Lane Green only lasts 15 seconds at times. Traffic gets so backed up on Monte Vista and there are times when NO CARS or students are driving/walking past. It is ridiculous and I drive it a minimum of 4 times per day. Every time I hit all three stop lights and it takes 5-7 minutes to move 1 mile!

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  1. Billy

They should work on enforcing the law at crosswalks before any speed increase. What a load of BS! This will only worsen the issue with cars vs pedestrians.

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0 #5 Billy 2014-10-31 09:53
They should work on enforcing the law at crosswalks before any speed increase. What a load of BS! This will only worsen the issue with cars vs pedestrians.
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0 #4 Re Evaluate the Stop Lights Too! 2014-10-30 23:55
The stop lights on Monte Vista need to be changed from Walnut to Geer. The Reds are incredible too long when driving East-West on Monte Vista at Walnut, Crowell, and especially Del's Lane and one can only assume that this is due to the University. Del's Lane Green only lasts 15 seconds at times. Traffic gets so backed up on Monte Vista and there are times when NO CARS or students are driving/walking past. It is ridiculous and I drive it a minimum of 4 times per day. Every time I hit all three stop lights and it takes 5-7 minutes to move 1 mile!
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0 #3 Joe B 2014-10-30 21:46
I wonder if anyone at the city realizes that Golden State Blvd does not intersect W Main St?
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0 #2 Speshkul 2014-10-30 18:24
The problem isn't the speed. It's the number of lanes. Turlock grew in population but not in consideration of that growth where roads are concerned.
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0 #1 Wondering... 2014-10-30 16:30
should we really be increasing the speed (even if it's just 5 mph) with the crappy drivers that are coming into Turlock lately?
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