SLO county alters speed limits for several streets

Only one street saw an increased speed limit

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. - Nine roads in San Luis Obispo County have new speed limits. The board of supervisors approved the new speed limits on November 7th. 

Main Street in downtown Templeton has had its speed limit reduced from 45 to 40 miles per hour.

"I see people going fast up and down here all the time," said Jordan Arthurs. "There are a lot of kids that hangout after school at the market and stuff, so I think it's a good idea [to lower the speed limit] so that no one gets hit."

The changes were made following traffic studies that suggested the changes. 

This includes Buckley Road, which went from 55 to 50 miles per hour, and Vachell Lane, which is now also 50 miles per hour. 

Two roads, Monterey Road in Paso Robles and Cemetery Road in San Miguel, had no marked speed limits until now; both are now 50 miles per hour zones. 

Only one road, Soda Lake Road near the California Valley, saw its speed limit increase from 35 to 50 miles per hour. This old speed limit was established more than a half century ago, and the county felt it was time to update the speed limit. 

"That was probably one of the last roads like that still at 35 [miles per hour]," said San Luis Obispo County Public Works Deputy Director Dave Flynn. "I'm sure nobody was actually driving that speed."

In Los Osos, three streets, El Moro Avenue, Paso Robles Avenue, and Santa Ynez Avenue, have been established as 25 mph zones and will be marked with more signs in the near future.  

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