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Speed limit of 25 mph gains favor

(ran South, West, Beach editions)

The city's traffic engineer favors lowering the speed limit to 25 mph on residential streets.

That idea and possible changes on the Pinellas Trail will be among topics discussed at the Tyrone area traffic force town meeting at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Walter Fuller Community Center, 7891 26th Ave. N. The public is invited.

The task force has been meeting for several months. The 25 mph speed limit came up at one of the meetings and has won the support of St. Petersburg traffic engineer Angelo Rao.

"It sends a message in more holistic ways that people should slow down in residential areas," he said.

The current speed limit on most residential streets is 30 mph, unless posted otherwise. It is not in effect for large collector, or arterial, streets.

Another item likely to raise interest is the Pinellas Trail and its proximity to the Tyrone Boulevard-Park Street intersection, said Steve Plice, chairman of one of the task force's subcommittees.

Making the intersection wider could mean taking a piece of the trail, Plice said.

"We're coming to a pinch," Plice said. "We have to make some philosophical decisions. Which do we want more, a smoothly running Tyrone Boulevard or a trail?"

The meeting is for discussion of the proposals, and nothing has been made final, Rao said.

"These are simply some ideas we've scratched together."

Eventually, the task force will puts its ideas, which will have been molded by public discussion, into a report for the City Council, which may or may not act on recommendations.