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Radar: Lathrop targets speeding along O Street

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POSTED November 9, 2017 1:41 a.m.

Residents on O Street are fed up with speeders.
And they’ve officially done something about it.
On Monday, the Lathrop City Council approved a request from residents along O Street to purchase and install two radar speed limit signs to coincide with Level 1 of the city’s Traffic Calming Program – being deployed in tandem with additional targeted speed enforcement in the area by Lathrop Police Services personnel. 
The cost to purchase and install the solar powered signs – which have been used on other streets in the area, including 5th Street – will be roughly $10,000. The funding will come from the Traffic Calming Program designated as a Capital Improvement Project in the 2017/18 city budget.
The exact location of the signs will be determined by city staff based on observed field conditions and current traffic patterns. The program, which includes a variety of options for calming speeds on residential streets depending on the factors involved with each individual case, has been successful in the past when complaints have reached the council.
The two signs will target traffic on O Street between Bizzibe Street and Harlan Road. They will display current speeds to both eastbound and westbound traffic directly beneath a sign posting the speed limit for that particular street.
If the signs and the targeted enforcement don’t lead to reduced speeds, the city has the option of employing other means as an attempt to reduce the speed that fall within the Level 1 category or possibly progress to the next category if the necessary conditions are met.
City staff has already been in contact with neighbors in the area about possible locations for the signs.  If there are no objections  raised about proposed locations the signs will then be installed.

To contact reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3544.

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