Speed limit is reduced on fifth Coronado road

By Janine Ziga

May 18, 2006

CORONADO The speed limit on another road 10th Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard has been reduced to 25 mph.

It is the fifth stretch of road in the city to have been lowered to 25 mph since October.

At a meeting Tuesday, the City Council voted 4-1, with Councilman Frank Tierney opposed, to post the new speed limit on about a half-mile stretch of 10th Street. The limit had been 30 mph.

Tierney said he opposed a reduced speed limit on 10th because it would cause traffic to move onto side streets. Councilman Casey Tanaka said speed and safety were the issues, not traffic flow.

In October, Coronado lowered the speed limit on Third and Fourth streets, the main traffic arteries to and from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge. In March, city officials reduced the speed limit to 25 mph on Fourth Street between Orange Avenue and Alameda Boulevard, and on Alameda Boulevard from Fourth Street to Ocean Boulevard.

The city was able to change the speed limit based on new guidelines adopted by the California Department of Transportation that allow cities to set lower speed limits because of residential density.

City officials determined the new 10th Street speed limit was justified because the roads meet the residential criteria of 13 homes or businesses per quarter-mile on one side of the street. Tenth Street has 20 homes in a quarter-mile stretch.

New signs will cost about $1,000, which will be paid from the Public Services Department's street maintenance budget.

Janine Zuniga: (619) 498-6636; janine.zuniga@uniontrib.com