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SLO County adjusting speed limits on several roads

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San Luis Obispo County drivers may soon be hitting the brakes. Speed limits will be reduced on several roads.

"We are required to, at a minimum of seven years, reevaluate the speed and do a new engineering traffic survey," said Dave Flynn, deputy director for San Luis Obispo County Public Works.

Nine streets in San Luis Obispo, Templeton, San Miguel, Paso Robles, California Valley, and Los Osos have been identified for changes.

"There was no specific collision patterns we were responding to in this last list of speed limits," Flynn said, but part of the reason to lower many speed limits was that residents were complaining about speeders.

At Buckley Road and Vachell Lane in San Luis Obispo, where the Avila Ranch project will construct 720 new homes, the speed limit will change from 55 mph to 50 mph.

"Ultimately, it's really about bringing California Highway Patrol out to enforce those speed limits," Flynn said.

Main Street in downtown Templeton will go from 45 mph to 40 mph.

"Particularly because of the growth, there was concern about the existing speed limit," Flynn explained.

Monterey Road in Paso Robles and Cemetery Road in San Miguel did not have any posted speed limits. The county will soon put up 50 mph signs.

The traffic study also pointed out drivers in three areas of Los Osos -- El Morro Avenue, Paso Robles Avenue, and Santa Ynez Avenue -- may have been driving faster because they didn't know it was a 25 mph zone.

"I've been driving in this area for work for five years," said Adele Ventimiglio. "I did not know it was a 25 mile-per-hour zone."

To fix this, the county will be placing more signage in these areas.

"It's a friendly reminder to all the motorists that this is the appropriate speed," said Flynn.

One county road will see the speed limit increase. Soda Lake Road in California Valley is currently a 35 mph zone but the traffic study suggested not many drivers follow the speed limit and, due to its remote location, county officials say a 50 mph would be better.

The new speed limits and signage will go up in the next two weeks.

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