Council to discuss lowering speed limit, replacing 12,000 signs
BATON ROUGE - Residential traffic in East Baton Rouge Parish could be moving slower, if the Metro Council approves a speed limit change.
The proposal by councilman Ryan Heck would reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 on non-striped residential streets inside city limits and in unincorporated areas.
Wednesday, the council is expected to hold a public hearing and vote on the change.
The change stemmed from a number of calls from concerned citizens who reported speeders in their neighborhoods.
"I have hollered a few choice words at [speeding drivers]," said resident Al Dupuy. "It doesn't seem to help."
Some neighborhoods have posted signs reading "drive like your kids live here," but Dupuy says the signs don't always work.
"We live in our neighborhoods for the safety, and for the lack of traffic," he said. "Even though this is a busy intersection where I live, I would like to see it slow down for everyone."
In March, the Capital Heights Neighborhood Association expressed their concern about drivers speeding down their street. They started an online petition to reduce the speed limit from 30 to 25 mph and it has more than 240 signatures.
If approved, the residential speed limit change would make the right to petition to reduce the speed from 30 to 25 unnecessary.
The Department of Public Works estimates workers will have to change almost 12,000 signs in more than 3,000 residential neighborhoods from 30 to 25 mph.
If the change is approved, the project would be part of a workload DPW already has. In 2009, the city was mandated to replace current signs with ones that reflect more light. They were alloted $290,000 for this, the bulk of which are stop signs. DPW says they would add these new signs, which cost about $25 a piece, to what they're already doing and could take two years to finish.
Metro Council begins at 4 p.m.