Lower speed aims to increase safety along Western Lake

Lower-speed path

The speed limit has been lowered west of WaterColor to almost County Road 283, covering both bridges over Western Lake, but not quite extending to Grayton Beach. Walton County Public Works Department can answer questions about the new speed limit at 892-8108.

Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012 at 03:35 PM.

Walton County hopes that a change in speed limit along 30A will be an addition by subtraction.

The county hopes to add safety for pedestrians and bicyclists with a loss of 10 mph, from 35 to 25, on the stretch of road between Grayton Beach State Park and WaterColor.

In August of this year, “there was a discussion between District 1 Commissioner Scott Brannon and District 5 Commissioner Cecilia Jones,” said District 5 Commissioner Cindy Meadows. Their discussions focused on identifying solutions to “a public safety issue on Western Bridge,” where bike riders and pedestrians travel on the shoulder close to eastbound traffic.

The two commissioners approached Public Works in November for safety solutions for the iconic bridge between Grayton and WaterColor.

“Public Works came up with a plan to lower the speed limit to 25,” said Meadows of the span, which will include the two car bridges over Western Lake.

The 10 mph speed limit decrease is just one of the efforts by Public Works to make the roadway more safe. A completed safety measure included the installation of signs to make drivers aware of the nearby presence of bike riders and pedestrians.

Tuesday, the county was working on another aspect of the process, which is restriping the area to make the separation between car and bike traffic more distinct.The county has plans to put up“candlesticks or flexible vertical visual/physical barriers” between the eastbound lane and the path, according to a press release sent out Monday.

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