Speed Limits Raised, Walnut Council Joins Residents In Expressing Concern

Most areas were raised by 5 mph to comply with laws

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Walnut Traffic Engineer David Gilbertson provided a report to council and responded to public comments regarding the speed limit. Photo Credit: Joshua Sanchez/SAC.Media.

Every five years new traffic studies are to be conducted in cities.

When Walnut’s number came up, the city resurveyed within its boundaries and came up with a traffic report that required 5 mph increases in certain sections of the city.

Mayor Nancy Tragarz and Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Rodriguez both said they did not want to see the limit raised but that compliance with the state is required.

Council member Robert Pacheco asked if there were any exceptions found before agreeing with Tragarz, Rodriguez, and fellow council member Allen Wu who had brought up the concerns of residents on Lemon Avenue.

Four residents went up to speak on the issue, and their comments were addressed by the city’s traffic engineer, David Gilbertson, who had also presented the report.

Gilbertson added that Valley Boulevard was not included in the report as it is county land, and that speed limits in school areas is still 25 mph whether or not there is a posted sign.

He also listed out several areas that will be seeing the speed limit increases.

Four were increased from 30 mph to 35 mph:

Two were increased from 35 mph to 40 mph:

One, Carrey Road from Lemon Avenue to Pierre Road, was increased from 40 mph to 45 mph.

Two were increased from 45 mph to 50 mph:

It was approved in a 5-0 vote and costs $15,000 of the General Fund Reserve.