|Published:||Jan 27, 2014 4:24 PM EST|
|Updated:||Jan 27, 2014 6:56 PM EST|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A heads up to drivers in Charlotte County. Leaders want to change the speed limits on more than a dozen roads. Some might be reduced by as much as 10 miles an hour and others could see an increase.
From Punta Gorda to Englewood these numbers could change along 18 different roads after concerns from homeowners, law enforcement and public safety officials.
One of those roads is Elmira Blvd. from Conway to Kings Highway. Right now, it's 35 miles an hour.
"Yeah I think everybody stays in the 35 mile an hour zone," says Leon Berry.
County leaders are proposing to drop this portion to 30 miles an hour because of the amount of bike, pedestrian and school traffic. It's a change some homeowners welcome.
"This is a major cut through from 41 to Kings Highway and people take this and they do speed... we've had people drag racing, pass each other," says another resident.
"Whoever speeds does that anyway, they're going to do that whether it said 30 or 25 or whatever," Berry adds.
Olean Blvd, just a few streets over, is also on the county's radar. With so many houses in the area, drivers could see the speed limit go from 40 to 35. In all, the changes would cost close to 3-thousand dollars.
Heading south, Burnt Store Road from Acline to Notre Dame might increase by five miles an hour. It's something Ulieses Crespo does not support.
"Down here there's, like a said, there's a lot of people who live around here in this neighborhood and it's kind of dangerous to get out over here," he says.
There will be a public hearing about these speed limit changes at Tuesday's county commission meeting.
For a complete list of the roads and speed changes the County is considering, head here: http://www2.charlottefl.com/NovusAgenda/MeetingView.aspx?meetingid=451
It is the fifth item on the public hearing portion of the agenda.
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