Traffic on Louise Avenue better pay attention to the speed limit signs in the near future.
And the same goes for a host of the city’s more popular streets that will soon boast reduced speed limits in-line with a new traffic study that will allow Lathrop Police Services to enforce the reductions with radar.
On Monday, the Lathrop City Council approved a proposal by city staff that will reduce the speed limit of Louise Avenue from Harland Road to 5th Street from 50 miles per hour down to 45 miles per hour as well as a number of other roadways that have seen an increase in the number of vehicles traveling on them in given day which forced the city to conduct a new traffic survey.
In addition to Louise Avenue from Harlan Road to 5th Street, the council approved reducing the speed limit on Harlan Road Roth Road to Slate Street from 50 miles per hour down to 45 miles per hour, Johnson Ferry Road from Colonial Trail and Golden Spike Trail from 35 miles per hour down to 30 miles per hour, and Roth Road between I-5 and the eastern city limits from 40 miles per hour down to 35 miles per hour – all routes that have been an increase in the volume of traffic since the last traffic engineering study was completed in April of 2016.
While traffic surveys can be valid for up to 10 years, the city had to commission a new study of 17 of its existing streets after only three years because of significant changes to the volume of traffic on those streets. By tailoring speed limits to the 85th percentile of measured traffic during a period of observation during the engineering and traffic study, city officials hope to reduce both the probability and severity of crashes on the streets that are being studied.
The changes in the speed limit will cost the city roughly an extra $3,500 to change the existing speed limit signs.
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