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.