ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Not all residential streets are the same when it comes to speed limits.
What do you want to know
- Resident concerned about speed limit in area along 13th Avenue N. between 49th Street N. and 58th Avenue N.
- The speed limit on 13th Avenue N. is 25 mph east of 49th Street and west of 58th Street, but is posted at 30 mph between these two points.
- The city has said it is prepared to consider a 25mph limit on this road if residents wish to see the speed limit lowered
Robert MacLaren has lived in his St. Petersburg home for 30 years and says he loves the neighborhood.
“I grew up across Azalea at 13th Avenue and 74th Street,” he said.
Now it is along 13th Avenue N. between 49th Street N. and 58th Avenue N. It is a quiet street, as are the neighborhood streets to the north and south.
Recently, MacLaren had an incident that caused him to ask a question.
“I have cameras because my house is set back from my mother’s. So I set up cameras to watch her outside her house so I can keep an eye on her and who is coming in and going out,” he said.
It was on these cameras that he spotted a neighbor’s dog loose on 13th Avenue N.
“I had to ask him to make sure he didn’t cross the road,” he said. “Actually, I was going to catch it. But he didn’t want any part of me.
The dog was brought home safely, but the situation left MacLaren wondering about the speeds on his street.
“I just wanted to know why it was 30 (mph) here, and 25 (mph) anywhere else that’s similar to this, or even bigger like 17th Avenue, is actually a wider avenue, and that’s is 25 (mph).”
Our real time traffic expert, Chuck Henson, drove around the area and saw what MacLaren was referring to.
The speed limit on 13th Avenue N. is 25 mph east of 49th Street and west of 58th Street, but is posted at 30 mph between these two points.
Chuck pulled out the St. Petersburg speed map and saw that the road is labeled as “collector”, which is why it is marked with the highest speed limit.
But that would also make 17th Avenue N. a collector – after all, it’s wider and has no bumps or dips in the road.
Still, it’s marked as “residential” and carries the lower limit of 25 mph.
For answers, Chuck reached out to Evan Mory, the city’s director of transportation.
The reason 13th Avenue N. is classified as a collector road is that it extends further than the surrounding roads from 16th Street to 58th Street. So the speed limit of 30 mph.
That said, the city has said it is open to considering a 25 mph limit on this road, if the neighborhood, and particularly street residents, want to see the speed limit lowered.
It would be a neighborhood petition demonstrating that residents are in favor of change. However, Chuck saw that with two speed bumps and a dip as traffic control devices in the area, it is not easy for traffic to reach the posted speed limit.