REDONDO BEACH — The City Council has shelved a proposal to close off Ripley Avenue at Flagler Lane and voted unanimously to post speed limits and begin an aggressive enforcement program.
Responding to residents' complaints of high-speed commuter traffic, the council on Tuesday authorized a 30 m.p.h. speed limit on Ripley Avenue between Flagler and Lilienthal lanes. From Lilienthal Lane to Inglewood Avenue, the council authorized a speed limit of 35 m.p.h., except near schools when children are present, where the limit will be posted at 25 m.p.h.
The speed limits were determined by recent traffic surveys on Ripley Avenue, as required by state law. According to Ed Ruzak, a traffic consultant with the firm that prepared the survey, BSI Consultants, 85% of the motorists on Ripley Avenue are driving at 31.7 to 35.2 m.p.h.
Ruzak's report did not recommend closing off Ripley by a cul-de-sac at Flagler Lane, as was requested by some neighborhood residents. Ruzak said that action, without an extensive review of traffic circulation in the entire area, would only reroute commuter traffic through the narrower side streets in the neighborhood.