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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A west Jacksonville neighborhood is trying to get the city to change the speed limit on Argyle Forest Boulevard.

Right now, a stretch of the road is marked with three speed limits in less than three miles.

The beginning of the stretch begins at Blanding Boulevard, where the speed limit is 35 M.P.H.

It rises two more times to 40 M.P.H. and 45 M.P.H. the farther you drive west.

The Argyle Area Civic Council believes the road has been marked this way since before it went from a two lane road to a four lane road.

The group would like to see the road marked consistently at 45 M.P.H.

Bill Lewis, the group's president, said this week the change would help with traffic flow and cut down on unintentional speeding.

"People are used to 45 M.P.H. on all sorts of roads in Jacksonville with four lanes," he said.

He also said he thinks people drive too fast through the area not knowing they have to slow down in such a short amount of time.

The group has asked the city to consider changing the speed limits, but that seems unlikely to happen at this point.

An e-mail between the group's city council representative, Jim Love, and Bill Joyce, the city's chief of engineering and construction management said:

  • Along the segment of roadway there are several commercial and residential driveway entrances and exits. The number and location (proximity to each other) of driveways and associated acceleration and deceleration lanes are taken in to consideration when posting speed limits.
  • Also the geometry of the roadway section "S" type curve is also taken into consideration. The geometry affects sight-distance which is the unobstructed line-of-sight distance motorist need to make proper judgment calls when entering and exiting the residential and commercial locations. An increase in speed would shorten the time needed to safely execute these maneuvers increasing the opportunity for accidents.

Lewis said the group opposes this analysis and is working to appeal it somehow.

Another issue he pointed out is the fact Jacksonville doesn't have a traffic engineer on staff.

First Coast News checked, and Debbie Delgado, a city spokesperson, said a traffic engineer was last on staff in 2009.

But she said the city's engineer works with a private traffic engineering firm on speed and other traffic related issues.

The Argyle Forest neighborhood is one of the top locations viewers have complained to First Coast News about for the "To Catch a Speeder" series.

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