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Council considers speed limit changes
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Speed limits on two Turlock streets could be changed next week.
Drivers may have to slow down on Fransil Lane, and speed up on Taylor Road, should the Turlock City Council approve a proposed municipal code amendment.
Turlock must adopt the speed limit for each street as part of city Municipal Code, in order for speed limits to be legally enforceable. But adopted speed limits must be based on speed surveys, and are valid only for five years, with a possible five year extension.
Some roads were annexed into Turlock, primarily those in the Turlock Regional Industrial Park, since the last speed surveys were conducted in 2006. Those roads did not have surveys conducted, and instead had a 55 mile per hour speed limit adopted, allowable under state law.
Engineering and traffic surveys were recently conducted on many Turlock roads, pursuant to the California Vehicle Code. Following the surveys, City Engineer Mike Pitcock recommended changing speed limits on both Fransil Lane and Taylor Road.
The speed limit on Fransil Lane, between West Main Street and Fulkerth Road, would be lowered from 55 miles per hour to 50 miles per hour. The reduction is recommended due to residential density in the area.
The speed limit on Taylor Road would be raised, between North Golden State Boulevard and Berkeley Avenue, from 45 miles per hour to 55 miles per hour. The recommendation comes following multiple surveys conducted along Taylor Road.
Other speed limits on Fulkerth Road, West Main Street, and Washington Road, previously established at 55 miles per hour without conducting a speed survey, will be reaffirmed. All other speed limits would be unchanged.

On Tuesday, the Turlock City Council is also expected to:
• Issue a proclamation in honor of World Habitat Day, Oct. 1, to Habitat for Humanity of Stanislaus County.
• Receive staff updates on board, commission, and committee vacancies, capital and development activity, and 2012 San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Awards.
• Finalize a citywide rezone, to make city zonings compliant with the newly-adopted Turlock General Plan.

The Turlock City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of Turlock City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.