VACAVILLE — Staff is asking the City Council on Tuesday to look at raising the speed limit on Vine Street from 25 mph to 30 mph.
The two-lane street is a 1.6-mile stretch of road between Monte Vista Avenue and Gibson Canyon Road controlled by a stop sign on each end plus a traffic circle at Vineyard Valley Way and Vintage Court, with a total of nine intersecting streets along the route.
A traffic study indicated that the 5 mph increase fit with the flow of traffic based on the speed of 85 percent of the free-flowing traffic through the area.
The recommendation to increase the speed limit is based on the California Vehicle Code and California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, which requires speed limits to be established at the 5 mph increment closest to that 85th percentile mark, according to staff reports.
Vine is notated as a “collector” street on the California Road System Maps. According to the state’s vehicle code, local agencies are required to conduct the survey in order to “establish, post and enforce speed limits on that street.”
The survey was conducted on three different segments of the 1.6 miles and 85 percent of the traffic flowed between 33 and 37 mph. In order to meet the state’s definition of a “reasonable and prudent” speed limit, which is enforceable, staff recommends the speed limit be changed to 30 mph.
The City Council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall, 650 Merchant St. For more an agenda, go to www.ci.vacaville.ca.us.
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