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Get ready for 40 mph speed limit on Cottage

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POSTED May 7, 2013 2:26 a.m.

The speed limit on Cottage Avenue is going to go up by a third.

That’s because state law requires cities to set the actual posted speed within 5 mph of how fast 85 percent of the vehicles travel on roads they use radar for the enforcement of speed.

The speed limit is currently 30 mph. The posted speed will need to be changed to 40 mph according to city staff based on a citywide speed survey that is now being wrapped up. If the speed limit doesn’t correspond to state requirements, police can’t use radar to enforce the speed limit. That would mean police would need to pace speeding vehicles for a set amount of time in order to issue a ticket.

The speed limit on Cottage is part of tonight’s Manteca City Council discussion concerning a crosswalk across Cottage at Brookdale Way.

Staff - based on the speed survey work they were conducting - had previously concluded the safest place for pedestrians to cross would be at the signals at Louise and Cottage, some 200 feet away.

The council last month, though, directed that they wanted staff to come back at tonight’s meeting with a way to enhance the safety of crossing Cottage at Brookdale.

As a result, staff has proposed a high visibility sidewalk - typically wide white bars painted on the pavement - along with flashing crossing beacons in advance of the crosswalk in both direction and at the actual crosswalk.

The crosswalk would be on the southern side of the intersection and barricades directing pedestrians to cross there would be placed on the northern side of the intersection. The flashing beacons would be solar powered.

The cost is expected to be between $7,000 and $10,000.

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