Poll: Should the Arroyo Seco Parkway Speed Limit be Lowered?

Caltrans is proposing to drop the speed limit from 55 mph to 45. Thoughts?

Patch readers have long discussed how to

"Why don't we reduce the speed limit to 45?" Gloria Guerin commented on Patch last September following the tragic fatality of  who burned to death in a vehicle that was rear-ended on the Arroyo Seco Parkway. 

Caltrans seems to be listening. 

As a result , Caltrans has announced a plan to lower the speed limit of the 8-mile stretch from Pasadena to the Interstate-5 interchange from 55 mph to 45, according to ABC

Patch Asks: What do you think? Would lowering the speed limit lesson rush hour traffic and prevent accidents? What do you feel is the proper solution? 

Ivan G August 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
The speed limit was 55 even before the road was improved. What has happened to warrant lowering the limit?
Steve Gerow August 16, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Dan Crandell, I do not believe your statements are quite accurate. What is a freeway but a "not toll road"? See wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arroyo_Seco_Parkway It has often been referred to as the nation's first freeway. It was renamed "Pasadena Freeway" in 1954. I went on many school excursions on it back in the '50s and '60s. Trucks always had to exit at Figueroa when coming up from LA. As for the speed limit - 45 mph in a 1940 Ford with 3" wide bias-ply tires is probably comparable to 65 in a Prius with low profile modern tires. I'm with Steve McCarthy in seeing this as revenue generation cloaked in would-be social engineering.
CV Gal August 25, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Wow, the comments were hard to get through. So much anger here. Understand the truth. Metro and Caltrans NEVER do anything for the safety or concern of the public. While I agee with it, changing the name to Parkway and lowering the speed limit were not for you. It is for them. There are "freeway" regulations they are trying to get around in doing so. And tolling is part of the plan. They outlined this in an ERNC meeting back in 2009. I was there. As for the 710? This project will unleash fury like you have never seen. I have done the research; I know. No matter what they say, it is being designed as a goods corridor, being bundled with the I-710 expansion and the High Desert Corridor. Traffic volumes and resulting toll revenue is expected to be extremely high from opening day forward. Read the last part of this article from 2011, Transportation from the Ports. http://www.everythinglongbeach.com/metro-transportation-projects-2011/ It is one of many that show their true colors. Metro is projecting in InfraConsult's report a traffic volume of 190,000 vehicles per day. Now, imagine this spilling onto the 210 east and west? ALL the northeast cities should be concerned. It sure is for me in La Crescenta. South Pasadena is one of the many victims in this scenario, not the villain here.
Mark Charles October 24, 2012 at 11:44 PM
True true. The new barrier wall make for blind corners even at the posted speed limit.
alan haskvitz January 17, 2013 at 06:27 PM
THE LAW STATES THAT NO VEHICLE THAT WEIGHS OVER 6000 POUNDS CAN TAKE THAT FREEWAY. That means that large SUVs, such as Hummer H2s, Lincoln Navigators, Ford Excursions, most Cadillac Escalades, and others should be ticketed if they are caught on this road. ENFORCE THIS LAW


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