MANATEE -- Manatee County motorists may soon have new speed limits on certain county roads.
At its Tuesday work session, the Manatee County Commission discussed adjusting speed limits on 12 county roads. Two public hearings, yet to be scheduled, are required before speed limits can be changed so no action was taken Tuesday.
County staff conducted a traffic analysis of "major thoroughfares countywide for consistency of speed limits," according to agenda supplemental documents.
On Tuesday, the commission provided feedback to staff about the recommendations.
The commission decided to not consider a proposed speed increase from 35 mph to 40 mph on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard between University Parkway to State Road 70.
County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who represents Lakewood Ranch, said she's heard a lot of people say they don't want the speed limit to increase.
"Right now, I can't see cars going faster on that section of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard," Baugh said.
Because of a proposed 6,500-home development called Lake Flores, which would be built on land stretching from IMG Academy west to 75th Street West between Cortez Road and El Conquistador Parkway, commissioners expressed reluctance to make changes along 75th Street West because of the possibility of having to change it again in the future.
County Administrator Ed Hunzeker said plans for Lake Flores have been filed with the county.
"We want people to comply," Benac said of the speed limits. "We don't want to train them in something else. I don't think we should touch this knowing there is pending development in the area. We know it is not little. It is big."
Staff recommendations to the county commission include:
Rye Road from State Road 64 to County Road 675: Keep speed limit 55 mph.
Golf course from Fort Hamer Road to Rye Road: Increase posted speed limits of 30 mph and 40 mph to 45 mph.
Chin Road from U.S. 301 to Old Tampa Road: Increase posted speed limit of 30 mph to 45 mph.
Lockwood Ridge Road from University Parkway to State Road 70: Make speed limit uniform at 45 mph. Posted speed limit ranges from 35 mph to 45 mph.
Lorraine Road from State Road 70 to University Parkway: Increase speed limit of 35 mph to 45 mph.
Lakewood Ranch Boulevard from University Parkway to State Road 70: Increase speed limit from 35 mph to 40 mph.
University Parkway from Interstate 75 to Lorraine Road: Increase speed limit of 45 mph to 50 mph.
Whitfield Avenue from Lockwood Ridge Road to University Parkway: Increase speed limit from 30 mph to 40 mph.
Honore Avenue between University Parkway to Lockwood Ridge Road: Change speed limit of 35 mph to 40 mph or 35 mph at certain sections.
63rd Avenue East from Lockwood Ridge Road to U.S. 301: Change speed limits of 35 and 40 mph to all 40 mph.
75th Street West from Manatee Avenue West to 53rd Avenue West: Make speed limit 45 mph between Manatee Avenue and Cortez Road and 50 mph between Cortez Road to 53rd Avenue West.
El Conquistador Parkway between 53rd Avenue West and 34th Street West: Change speed limit from 35 and 30 mph to 45 and 40 mph.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter @Claire_Aronson.