Pleasanton Weekly

News - January 17, 2014

'New' Stoneridge Drive now 40 mph

Councilwoman objects to higher speed

by Jeb Bing

The speed limit on the newly extended section of Stoneridge Drive has been raised to 40 mph despite objections from City Councilwoman Karla Brown who said it should stay at 35.

Pleasanton Traffic Engineer Mike Tassano said a speed survey taken after the new roadway opened Nov. 1 showed that 85% of the motorists clocked were traveling at an average speed of 43 mph. State law requires speed limits to be posted in the nearest 5-mile segment, which would be 45 mph, but Tassano said the law gives some cushion to regulators to post it at the next 5-mile segment down.

Brown said the road was just opened and that many in the Mohr-Martin neighborhood who opposed the extension in the first place at least urged the city to restrain speeders.

But Police Chief Dave Spiller said motorists ticketed for speeding in a zone that didn't meet state requirements could have their tickets dismissed in court. Excessive speeds, he said in response to a question from Brown, could warrant a ticket for reckless driving, but not speeding.

Tassano said the 35 mph posted speed limits would remain unchanged on Stoneridge between Trevor Parkway and Santa Rita Road although the section at Trevor has not yet been surveyed.

The City Council voted 4-1 to approve the speed limit change on Stoneridge. The new 40 mph signs are already posted on Stoneridge between Trevor Parkway and El Charro Road.

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