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MANTECA MAY LOWER SPEED LIMIT ON MOFFAT TO 35 MPH
Other changes could include stop signs or signals at Sherman
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A car passes over the crosswalk on Moffat Boulevard at Garfield Avenue.

Manteca leaders are being asked Tuesday to take another step toward enhancing safety on Moffat Boulevard.

This time it is to lower the speed limit from 40 mph from the current 35 mph between Main Street and Powers Avenue.

The staff recommendation is in response to a number of residents raising questions about the speed to the city’s Traffic Solutions Committee.

The committee agreed to look at it after noting the number of uncontrolled crosswalks as well as pedestrian traffic from those trying to reach — and depart — the transit center as well as Manteca Hugh campus.

Given the city uses radar to enforce speeding, state law required a speed survey to be conducted.

It took place on May 13 between 4:30 and 5:40 p.m.

During that time, the speed of 117 vehicles were noted.

Of the 117, there were 83 traveling faster than the posted speed limit of 40 mph. The fastest was traveling 48 mph.

The 85th percentile speed of 41 mph indicated a 40 mph speed limit is justified.

But the pace speed coupled with uncontrolled crosswalks means a downgrading of the speed limit by 5 mph is appropriate.

Lower speed limits aren’t the only traffic improvements coming to Moffat.

Within the next 18 months, the San Joaquin Rail Commission will be expanding the existing transit center parking lot to extend almost all the way to Garfield Avenue.

It is designed to accommodate parking needed when ACE service is expanded to downtown Manteca in 2025

The boarding platform is planned roughly midway between Garfield Avenue and the existing transit center parking.  

The entrance to the parking lot will be at the Sherman/Moffat intersection.

School officials have expressed concern about increased traffic that the ACE trains will bring.

Since Manteca High has reorientated the front of the campus to Moffat Boulevard, that street has become even more congested before and after school with both pedestrians and motorists.

The intersection in question has Sherman Avenue connecting with Moffat at a sharp angle.

The intersection has serious sightline and safety issues due to the sharp angle that Sherman intersects Moffat.

There has been discussions about making it a four-way stop once the drive way is in place.

Mayor Gary Singh has advocated traffic signals based on expected future use beyond initial ACE service. That would be the same approach the city uses with commercial and residential development to determine if traffic signals are justified.

Based on scheduling of current trains at the Lathrop-Manteca station, the initial ACE service is unlikely to conflict with the current congestion periods before or after school at Manteca High.

But as trains are added in the coming years, that will change.

At the same time Manteca High is growing toward being a campus of 2,200 students, almost 400 more than its current number.

The city in the past years has taken several steps to slow down speeds on traffic with some success.

It has included crosswalk flashing lights that are activated by pedestrians at Sherman and Garfield on Moffat as well as adding bike lanes to narrow travel lanes.

Due to sight issues for pedestrian crossing streets, the city also has eliminated parking on stretches of

In the past, the city has also looked at installing a three-way stop at Moffat and Powers Avenue.

The Manteca City Council meets Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St.

 

To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com