The city of San Ramon hopes to improve traffic congestion by increasing speed limits on several dozen busy streets throughout town. The City Council will receive a staff report on the matter and hold a public hearing at its Jan. 8 meeting.
Following a traffic survey, the proposed speed limit ordinance would allow city officials to increase the speed limit from 25 mph on any roadway. According to California Vehicle Code, local authorities may issue an ordinance to increase prima facie speed limits beyond 25 mph if it would facilitate "the orderly movement of vehicular traffic and would be reasonable and safe upon any street."
A prima facie speed limit is one that "allows motorists to defend against a speeding charge if it can be proven that the speed was in fact reasonable and prudent." CVC states that local jurisdictions may declare a prima facie speed limit of 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, or 60 miles per hour or a maximum speed limit of 65 mph.
Although San Ramon's speed limit ordinance was updated in 2007 to account for new streets in the Dougherty Valley, a staff report by Transportation Specialist PJ Dhoot stated that approximately 25 percent of the city's roadway segments will be unenforceable by San Ramon Police radar by the SRPD. As a number of roadways do not meet the CVC criteria for establishing a valid prima facie speed limit, speed limits on those roadway segments cannot be enforced.
"Without an update to the Speed Limit Ordinance to reflect the changes in speed limits along San
Ramon's transportation network… The resulting condition would reflect minimal police presence or speed enforcement," the report read. "Furthermore, if speed-related citations are issued using radar along these roadway segments, the accused may challenge the citation in Traffic Court and the citation will be dismissed."
The ordinance calls for changes increases in speed limit to between 30 and 50 mph on 41 roadways, with the greatest change in speed on Deerwood Drive between Bollinger Canyon Road and Deerwood Road (25 mph to 35 mph). On the basis of a an engineering and traffic investigation and after public hearing, city officials believe traffic congestion could be aided by the following changes:
Thirty miles per hour
* Bollinger Canyon Road from Crow Canyon Road to Norris Canyon Road
*Camino Ramon from Crow Canyon Road to Norris Canyon Road
* Canyon Lakes Drive from Bollinger Canyon Road to end
*Fostoria Way from the eastern city limit line to San Ramon Valley Boulevard
*Ivy Hill Way from Albion Road to Picadilly Square
*Japonica Way from North Monarch Road to Ivy Hill Way
*Lilac Ridge Road from North Gale Ridge Road to Shoreline Drive
*Tareyton Avenue from Montevideo Drive to Davona Drive
* Westside Drive from Alcosta Boulevard to San Ramon Valley Boulevard
*Westside Drive from San Ramon Valley Boulevard to Talus Court
Thirty-five miles per hour
* Albion Road from Bollinger Canyon Road to Windemere Parkway
*Alcosta Boulevard from Veracruz Drive to Fircrest Lane
*Alcosta Boulevard from San Ramon Valley Boulevard to Fircrest Lane
* Deerwood Drive from Bollinger Canyon Road to Deerwood Road
*Ivy Leaf Springs Road from South Monarch Road to Stoneleaf Road
* Monarch Road from South Bollinger Canyon Road to Ivy Leaf Springs Road
*Norris Canyon Road from the northern city limit to Bollinger Canyon Road
*Old Ranch Road from Alcosta Boulevard to Dougherty Road
* San Ramon Valley Boulevard from the northern city limit to Norris Canyon Road
* Stoneleaf Road from Wedgewood Drive to Ivy Leaf Springs Road
*Wedgewood Drive from North Monarch Road to Stoneleaf Road
Forty miles per hour
*Alcosta Boulevard from Crow Canyon Road to Veracruz Drive
*Bollinger Canyon Road from the northern city limit to Crow Canyon Road
*Bollinger Canyon Road from Norris Canyon Road to San Ramon Valley Boulevard
*Bollinger Canyon Road from San Ramon Valley Boulevard to Canyon Lakes Drive
*Camino Ramon from Norris Canyon Road to Bollinger Canyon Road
* Crow Canyon Road from Old Crow Canyon Road to Alcosta Boulevard
* Deerwood Road from Crow Canyon Road to San Ramon Valley Boulevard
*East Branch Parkway from Bollinger Canyon Road to Windemere Parkway
*Monarch Road from North Dougherty Road to Bollinger Canyon Road
*Norris Canyon Road from San Ramon Valley Boulevard to Alcosta Blvd
*Windemere Parkway from Bollinger Canyon Road to Longleaf Circle
Forty-five miles per hour
*Bollinger Canyon Road from Canyon Lakes Drive to Dougherty Road, South
*Crow Canyon Road from the western city limit to Old Crow Canyon Road
*Crow Canyon Road from the eastern city limit
*Dougherty Road from Dougherty Road, South to the city limit
*San Ramon Valley Boulevard from Norris Canyon Road to Montevideo Drive
*San Ramon Valley Boulevard from Montevideo Drive to Alcosta Boulevard
*Windemere Parkway from Longleaf Circle to the eastern city limit
Fifty miles per hour
*Dougherty Road from Crow Canyon Road to Bollinger Canyon Road
Approximately 50 speed limit signs would be changed throughout the city to reflect speed adjustments at a cost of about $5,000; the funds are included in the city's Engineering and Transportation Planning budgets. The City Council may approve the ordinance at its Jan. 22 meeting.
Tuesday's public hearing will be held at city hall (2222 Camino Ramon) at 7 p.m.