Florida Today-December 13, 2011-According to the article local Melbourne, Brevard County, Florida officials want to lower the speed limit on State Road A1A at the curve of Ocean Park from 35 mph to 25 mph. They believe this will decrease the catastrophic automobile crashes that occur in this area. Apparently after studying the sharp curve at the parks entrance state Department of Transportation engineers determined the current 35 mph speed limit was appropriate. Police Chief asked the Department of Transportation to reconsider the 25-mph speed limit along Ocean Avenue in Melbourne Beachs main commercial drag. He also wants to have installed a guardrail at Ocean Park and upgrade a crosswalk one block from the park in Melbourne Beach, Brevard County, Florida. In response, DOT will conduct a new traffic study. Currently the sharp turn is marked with 15 mph directional signs to better warn northbound drivers. The Department of Transportation will install improved warning signs, a second vehicle-actuated flasher, and pavement striping and markings.
Ocean Parks Sharp Curve Traffic Accident Study:
- From May 2009 through January, 12 crashed occurred within 400 feet of the State Road A1A curve at Ocean Park, Melbourne Beach, Florida, a Florida Department of Transportation study shows.
- Of these, six motorists - including two DUI drivers - missed the turn and stuck fixed objects in and near Ocean Park, Melbourne Beach, Florida.
- These crashes generated seven injuries and property damages totaling $80,150, the study shows.
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