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#23923 - 05/13/12 09:33 AM Caltrans proposes increase in speed limit through Independen
KevinR Offline


Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Manchester, NH

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#23926 - 05/13/12 03:58 PM Re: Caltrans proposes increase in speed limit through Independen [Re: KevinR]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
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Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
Well yes, the change might be welcome to travellers, but I wonder what the residents of Independence will say at the public meeting?

There has always been a problem in Independence (and Big Pine) with transient traffic speeding through town. When I worked at the County Courthouse, it was always a roll of the dice trying to cross the highway. The worst time is Friday afternoons during ski season at Mammoth.



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#23932 - 05/14/12 07:23 AM Re: Caltrans proposes increase in speed limit through Independen [Re: Bob West]
MooseTracks Offline


Registered: 11/02/09
Posts: 582
Loc: Bishop, CA, United States
Agreed, Bob. Indy is what, 2 miles max on 395 as you roll through town? What would increasing the speed limit accomplish?
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#23937 - 05/14/12 08:12 AM Re: Caltrans proposes increase in speed limit through Independen [Re: MooseTracks]
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Registered: 11/03/09
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Loc: Manchester, NH
Apparently California uses something called "Speed Zone Surveys" to determine speed limits, and if a jurisdiction has a posted speed limit which is lower than that in the "Speed Zone Survey", then speeding tickets can be dismissed if contested. IIRC, a rather vocal Ridgecrest resident used this defense for a ticket issued to his wife by the R/C police, and was successful. I believe that city changed the posted limit on the section of the street in question to reflect the results of a Caltrans "Speed Zone Survey".

This might account for why there are wide differences in posted limits in various towns - 55mph in Olancha, 25mph in Independence, etc.

It will be interesting to see if the speed limit between the Sidewalk to Nowhere and Mazurka Canyon Road remains at 25.


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#23945 - 05/14/12 01:30 PM Re: Caltrans proposes increase in speed limit through Independen [Re: KevinR]
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Registered: 10/22/09
Posts: 832
Loc: Oh Cursed, USA
There was a speed limit through Independence? Oh, well, hi, Mr. CHP officer! :whistle:


There is also a school to consider regarding the safety of the students.


Also there are crosswalks where ALL pedestrians in every CALIFORNIA municipality have the right-of-way.
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