Del Mar council votes to reduce speed limits along sections of Camino del Mar

Drivers will have to slow down in Del Mar after council members voted unanimously at the Oct. 6 meeting to reduce the speed limits on two segments along Camino del Mar.

The move is the result of a speed survey conducted in conformance with the California Vehicle Code, which requires surveys every five to seven years, or after significant changes to the city’s roadways. Although the last citywide survey was conducted in 2012 and remains in compliance, recent changes to Camino del Mar in the Beach Colony prompted the city to update its traffic survey for that specific segment.

The city recently restriped Camino del Mar between 9th and 11th Street to include on-street parking. A new sidewalk was also constructed on the west side of Camino del Mar. According to the survey, which was conducted by RBF Consulting, changes improved pedestrian access, increased parking activity and widened bicycle lanes, which also resulted in reduced speed.

The average speeds along Camino del Mar from San Dieguito Bridge to 27th Street and from 27th Street to Coast Boulevard have decreased by 3 mph and 1 mph respectively, according to the report. Therefore, the report recommended the city reduce the speed limit from 35 mph to 30 mph on Camino del Mar between the San Dieguito Bridge and 27th Street, and from 35 mph to 25 mph on Camino del Mar between 27th Street and Coast Boulevard — and the council agreed in a 4-0 vote with Mayor Lee Haydu absent.

“It’s positive that the improvements that have been made on the sidewalks and the streetscape in that area have resulted in a safer speed limit and calming effect of the traffic,” said Councilman Terry Sinnott. “That’s very positive and it gives us hope for the future in other areas of the city.”