Florida Department of Transportation Lowers Speed Limit On West University Avenue

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The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced Monday that it has reduced the speed limit on West University Avenue in front of the University of Florida campus.

The speed limit reduction from 30 to 25 miles per hour stretches just east of Northwest 21st Terrace to the intersection with Northwest 13th Street.

The stretch of West University Avenue in which the speed limit will be reduced to 25 mph.

The five-mile-per-hour decrease follows a recent engineering analysis and speed study that FDOT conducted.

The speed limit reduction is the latest in a series of traffic safety measures implemented on the approximately one-mile stretch of University Avenue in recent months. Other measures taken to enhance traffic safety include signal retiming, crosswalk enhancements, increased police patrols to monitor motor and pedestrian violations, LED radar message boards, license plate recognition cameras and the installation of temporary speed tables. The department also announced that upgraded pedestrian signals at multiple locations along West University Avenue are expected to begin in June.

New speed bumps on University Ave., in front of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Jessica James/WUFT News)

The FDOT said that it “continues to work with the University of Florida, City of Gainesville and local law enforcement agencies to develop additional safety improvements on West University Avenue.”

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