Scenic 30A now 25 MPH between Watercolor and Grayton

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  1. 30A Skunkape

    30A Skunkape Mr. Small Box

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    Ummm, did I miss something? This change happened about as quietly as the Colts moving from Baltimore to Indianapolis...a flashing sign materialized last night announcing the change. Please, please, please someone tell me this is temporary-I can't fathom sharing so much car intended highway with those golf carts!
     
  2. Kurt Lischka

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    Since nobody wants the proposed new and separate path for golf carts, the decision was made to make all of Scenic 30A 25 mph.

    (I totally made this up but it sounds about right and will now spread like wildfire)

    Or it it is a temporary measure for safety until a pedestrian / bike bridge is built on Western Lake. This is wanted but quite expensive.
     
  3. miznotebook

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    I asked the county for information on this yesterday. The person I spoke with did not know about it but was going to find out and let me know.
     
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    The owners of those hated cart companies in collusion with the TDC and BCC behind closed doors it sounds like to me. Another case of the minority running over the majority with a few well placed dollars. I wonder when the first road rage incident is going to take place? Is it possible to have a local special election and vote on whether these should be allowed in SOWAL?
     
  5. Beach Runner

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    It is scary to drive across that bridge when there are gaggles of little kids on bicycles crossing it. We always slow down to almost a stop in that situation. As some of you might know, my five-year-old brother was killed by a drunk driver who ran off the road and hit him while we were playing in a friend's front yard.

    I'd suggest 25 from Watercolor to the west side of the bridge where the bike path starts back.
     
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    Jdarg SoWal Expert

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    The Western Lake pedestrian bridge needed to be built years ago. The county and the TDC should split the cost.
     
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    That's what should have happened.

    Instead it is 25mph thru Watercolor, then a yellow signpost just past Watercolor saying 40mph, then the flashing sign saying 25mph, then a 25mph signpost. Stays 25mph across all of Western Lake and down to just before the Starbucks.

    25mph from Watercolor to where the bike path starts back would improve safety. But to continue it as 25mph all the way to Starbucks just slows the flow of traffic needlessly.

    Do I recall there is some sort of 85% of the flow of traffic speed rule the state requires the County to follow?

    C'mon Walton County officials, did a qualified traffic engineer study this before such a bassackwards sign posting?
     
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    And instead they want to build a golf cart path to nowhere. Please, please Walton County officials and TDC, wake up and make decisions that are logical for our community...
     
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    Received some information from the county. Was told that the reason for lowering the speed limit was to improve safety with regard to pedestrian/vehicle conflicts, that there are plans for additional provisions for safety in the same area within the next few weeks, and that more information should be available on Monday.
     
  10. Lake View Too

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    I drove that stretch this morning, and absolutely tried my best to go 25. I could not do it. It is a rural highway with absolutely no intersecting roads nor any other congestion problems. It feels completely safe going 45. If the bicycles on the bridges are the problem, then have over the top warning signs for both the cars and the bicyclers at the bridges. To be going 25 from Watercolor to Grayton is lunacy.
     
  11. chanster

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    so from were to were is it 25 mph? many parts of seagrove to alys beach are 35 mph. so all of 30-a is 25 mph? thats crazy
     
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    I can see lowering the speed limit if safety is a concern. A separate bridge for pedestrians and bikes would be a great improvement.

    However, they did it after season and didn't do it other places where the path is next to the road so I must conclude the #@$$%#@#% golf carts are really what is behind this.
     
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    No thank you on more signs. :doh:

    I just left there and saw a 'vette passing someone.
     
  14. Lake View Too

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    That's right, kids. Insanely low speed limits leads to more passing
     
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    Which leads to less safe roadways. The more coherent the speed limits, the less passing will occur. We need for the traffic to flow smoothly, with no one doing any passing.
     
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    Well-stated. I'm not buying that Walton County or FDOT did any recent traffic study in that area before putting up the 25mph signs.
     
  17. BeachRob

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    It ain't right. It ain't right. It ain't right! That's my commute. It's where I go from the location where I pay property taxes to the place I collect sales taxes.

    Golf carts are "neighborhood electric vehicles." That means you use them to get around your neighborhood; not to another development 1.5 miles down the road. Period.
     
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    A golf cart in front of you on 30A is entitled to one free 5 second horn blast. If you really want to have some fun, install a train horn on your vehicle.
     
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    That stretch of road should have been lowered a long time ago. 25mph may be a bit too low, 35mph would have been a better compromise, and 25 at the bridge.
     
  20. shellak

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    would be nice to use some of that BP money for something important like this.
     

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