Charlotte County considers lower residential speed limits

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DEEP CREEK, Fla. A new ordinance could lower speed limits in residential areas across Charlotte County following the request of some residents.

The ordinance would lower the speed limit from 35 to 25 in at least two dozen roads in Cape Haze, Placida and Deep Creek in an effort to make roads safer for pedestrians. It would also bring the speed limit on Sandhill Boulevard in Punta Gorda from 45 mph to 40 mph.

The proposed change on Sandhill Boulevard is in response to an increase in crashes over the last two years, County Transportation Engineer Vankat Vattikuti said.

Most of the would-be adjustments are in response to concerns expressed by residents. The county invites speed-limit suggestions through its app.

“Every year we do some speed studies on the key roadways when we get a request from the neighborhoods,” Vattikuti said.

Deep Creek resident Anwar Tabri is in favor of the idea.

“After they did the sidewalks there’s a lot of people walking, riding their bikes and walking their dogs, so yeah, lowering the speed limit is a big plus,” he said.

County commissioners are expected to make a final decision in their next meeting on April 18.

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