Speed limits studied, will change on some Marco Island roadways

— Over the last 12 months, nearly two dozen roadways have been studied to determine what speed limits provide the maximum safety factor for the Island’s motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

A focus group involving city management, law enforcement, the city attorney and public works have studied various data sets including speed and volume studies, traffic crash causative factors and patterns, pedestrian and bicycle concerns and other criteria.

The second phase of this process involves the deployment of revised speed limits in the following areas:

1. Bald Eagle Drive at Elkcam Circle south to San Marco Rd. is currently posted at 30 mph. This area will now be posted at 35 mph.

2. Collier Blvd. from E. Elkcam Circle to the Smokehouse Bridge will be posted 30 mph. Collier Blvd. from the Smokehouse Bridge until Tigertail Ct. will be posted 25 mph. These portions of Collier Blvd. have traditionally been a combination of 30 mph and 35 mph zones.

3. Service alleys such as those that run parallel to Bald Eagle, San Marco Road and Collier Blvd, which had traditionally been un-posted alleyways, will now be posted at 20 mph due to design, congestion, line of sight, pedestrian and safety concerns.

The following roadways were extensively studied; however their speed limits will remain the same:

1. Bald Eagle Drive at Collier Blvd. North to end – Existing 30 mph.

2. Bald Eagle Drive at Collier Blvd. South to Elkcam Circle – Existing 30 mph.

3. Collier Blvd. at Jolley Bridge to Elkcam Circle – existing 35 mph.

4. Collier Blvd. at Tigertail Ct. to roadway terminus – existing 30 mph.

5. Barfield Dr. at Bald Eagle south to roadway terminus – existing 30 mph.

6. San Marco Rd. at Collier Blvd. east to Goodland Bridge – mixed existing zones: 35 mph and 45 mph.

7. Yellowbird St. – existing 30 mph.

8. Residential Streets, Courts, Lanes, Drives – existing 30 mph unless otherwise posted.

Please watch for these changes as evidenced by new signage, attention flags, and message boards. The Marco Island Police Department requests your attention, assistance and voluntary compliance of these new speed limits in order to facilitate a safer island.

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woozygirl writes:

35 mph is reasonable. 30 in residential area. People are driving 25 in the 30 zone.

happy6 writes:

are you kidding...they have changed the signs 2 times...who ever heard of a speed limiot that is for 6 blocks...except a speed trap...and look at the geniuses that came up with this crap.

marcofriend writes:

in response to happy6:

are you kidding...they have changed the signs 2 times...who ever heard of a speed limiot that is for 6 blocks...except a speed trap...and look at the geniuses that came up with this crap.

I couldn't have said it any better. Whenever our geniuses at City Hall put a plan together, everyone needs to watch their back.

MiniMcCheese writes:

Well, shadow, the geniuses that came up with this "crap" also are responsible for a brand new tourism effort, over 50% increased tourism RATES, and two new mini golf courses. I'm OK driving for five extra minutes from Snook Inn to get to the Marriott if it means I can play mini golf.

If you disagree, then you are obviously opposed to fun in general.

johnnycakes writes:

So if I drive from Joey's Pizza to the Marco Marina (something I do regularly since I live near Joey's) there will be speed limits of 35, 30 and 25 mph. In about 2 miles of continuous driving in a built-up area. Can we not adopt the approach that the rest of the world takes - you know, those communities that don't have bureaucrats with too much time on their hands - and have a single speed limit for the Island? Say 30 mph if you want to slow everyone down a bit, like the city manager tried to do last year.

I agree the road design at Collier/Tigertail is appalling - really bad sightlines because of the curve and landscaping, fairly high volume, a difficult left turn out of Tigertail. But a speed limit won't fix that as no-one will pay attention to it because it changes so often.

marco826 writes:

Left, right, up, down...25, 30, 35, punt! ..Council need to spend more time cutting costs and stop trying to act as though Marco is Xanadu...

seasonala writes:

Somebody is making a lot of money on signs! Pay attention. Additional "signage" ideas have being suggested also.

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Throat_Yogurt writes:

COPS ARE NOT MAKING THEIR BUDGETS FOR TICKETING - THIS WILL HELP FUND THEIR NEW GAS GUZZELING TAHOE'S. WAKE UP MARCO RESIDENTS, YOUR BEING BULLIED AND NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT IT. TAKE THE ISLAND BACK! MUTINY!

happy6 writes:

the brains at city hall always wait until season is over to come up with these hairbrained ideas...they get much less flack from the citizenry...not that the citizenry has any pull with any one of them and they could give a flip about what the citizenry wants.

buckeyenut writes:

all you locals can now speed up instead of slowing down.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot writes:

You must be F^k!ng kidding? Just leave all the speed limits at 35. I will guess that this transpires into a huge rise in tickets written by MIPD.

So some old folks get run down? Population control? You can't live forever.

No body on this island drives faster or more reckless than the MIPD themselves. How many accidents a year are caused by MIPD? Just take them off the road and the problem is solved.

dc5799 writes:

in response to seasonala:

Somebody is making a lot of money on signs! Pay attention. Additional "signage" ideas have being suggested also.

I agree, who owns the sign company?There are more signs on Marco than there are in all of Naples.

marco97 writes:

The sign company is owned by the same people who sell street lights

k-daze writes:

Collier Blvd. has to be the only four lane divided highway in the world with a 25 mph speed limit.

marco826 writes:

Signs up, signs down, Street lights up, street lights down, this town seems to be run by a bunch of boy scouts...

happy6 writes:

remember folks...they do not want visitors to the island...ie...beach parking...i would imagine that when a visitor leaves the island now all they can say is what a buch of morons,,..3 different speed limits in a 400 yard stretch of road...marco-berry, USA....i'm sure they will use the extra revenues (tickets) to add another vehicle to the fleet.

woozygirl writes:

Why is it that it's always the COPS fault? Let someone else get the blame for some of the dumb choices made. No i'm not a cop lover, i'm just saying!

26yearsonmarco writes:

I agree with almost every comment to this article because I see it as a “Sign of Our Times”, when “We the People” sit back and allow people who are not too BRIGHT ( Ref: the Street Light issue), make s----- Rules for us to follow from here to Washington D.C.
There are Signs being placed everywhere there is a conceived problem, from speed limits to swale parking.
There are only two areas along Collier Blvd. that I believe there is a major safety issue due to over growth in the center medium: 1. The Marriott crossings, and 2. The South Beach crossing.
I can’t remember how many times I have mentioned this to our Commanders, but the weeds continue to grow.

dc5799 writes:

If you want to see signs go to the bike path crossing at Whiteheart and Heathwood. There are at least 12 or 13 signs there.

marco97 writes:

Dc those signs are so over the top and a blight to the Island but I'm told it is state law. I would suggest we make that a walking path so the signage is not required and if someone wanted to ride a bike there so be it. I also have a problem with that electronic sign they drag all over the island letting us know to lock are car doors or whatever the massage of the week is.

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to marco97:

Dc those signs are so over the top and a blight to the Island but I'm told it is state law. I would suggest we make that a walking path so the signage is not required and if someone wanted to ride a bike there so be it. I also have a problem with that electronic sign they drag all over the island letting us know to lock are car doors or whatever the massage of the week is.

"State Law", "Federal Law" , "City Law", are just more "Sighs of Our Times".

I'm beginning to feel Racially Discriminated against because the signs are only written in my language.

OldMarcoMan writes:

Who remembers that nothing will change when we become a City? Was I dreaming? An I in the Cliffhanger of Dallas ????

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