Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - April 12, 2016
REVISED April 12, 2016 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #32

Rye Road - 45 MPH Speed Limit - Ordinance 16-17


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Vishal S. Kakkad, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Design Division Manager, Ext 7812

Action Requested
Authorization to advertise and set a public hearing on May 10, 2016, to consider adoption of Ordinance 16-17, amending Section 2-22-7 of the Manatee County Code instituting and creating a 45 mph speed limit zone for Rye Road from C.R. 675 to S.R. 64.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Florida State Statutes: Chapter 316.189(2) - Establishment of Municipal and County Speed Zones      

Background Discussion
  • The posted speed limit on Rye Road is 55 miles per hour (mph).
  • At the May 12, 2015, Board of County Commissioners' (BCC) work session, during the Countywide Speed Limits agenda item, staff discussed the process for setting speed limits throughout the County. During discussion, Commissioner Benac proposed that the speed limit on Rye Road be 45 mph. Staff stated that the existing speed, volume, and crash data did not support lowering the speed limit. Staff also said that when White Eagle Boulevard is constructed to intersect with the State Road (S.R.) 64 and Rye Road intersection, the speed limit will be re-evaluated.
  • At the January 5, 2016, BCC work session, during the Rye Road agenda item, staff discussed various topics related to Rye Road, including the speed limit. Staff presented that based on the traffic data collected, and the existing conditions, changes to the posted speed limit were not recommended. Furthermore, based on relevant research, artificially lowering the speed limit was shown to have little to no effect on drivers' behavior. Commissioner Benac proposed that the speed limit should be lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph. 
  • This agenda item is to advertise and set a public hearing to consider adoption of an ordinance creating a 45 mph speed limit zone for Rye Road from C.R. 675 to S.R. 64.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Return a stamped copy of the agenda memorandum to Jeff Bishop (jeff.bishop@mymanatee.org), Public Works Department, Traffic Design Division, Ext 7815.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
1010020707 - Traffic Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$2000 - Installation, $250/year - Maintenance and Repairs

Attachment:  Ordinance No 16-17.pdf
Attachment:  CAO MEMO 3-2-16.pdf