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After residents complained of motorists driving at high speeds on West Prien Lake Road between Cove Lane and Sale Road, District G City Councilman Mark Eckard asked City Hall to conduct a traffic study. It may help drop the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph on the two-lane road. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

After residents complained of motorists driving at high speeds on West Prien Lake Road between Cove Lane and Sale Road, District G City Councilman Mark Eckard asked City Hall to conduct a traffic study. It may help drop the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph on the two-lane road. (Rick Hickman / American Press)

New measure may curb speeds on West Prien Lake Road

Last Modified: Thursday, February 28, 2013 10:08 AM

By Eric Cormier / American Press

Residents living along West Prien Lake Road between Cove Lane and Sale Road may see the speed limit decrease.

District G City Councilman Mark Eckard is sponsoring a measure to have the limit dropped from 45 to 35 mph.

After residents complained of motorists driving at high speeds on the two-lane stretch of road, Eckard asked City Hall to conduct a traffic study.

“The results showed that people drive above the speed limit there. Several readings had motorists driving over 70 mph,” Eckard said.

The road has open ditches and is used by boat owners. Eckard believes those factors make the road hazardous. “I’m surprised a severe accident hasn’t occurred there,” he said.

Eckard wants the speed limit dropped, too, because major construction on Interstate 210 will warrant it. He said work crews could be put in danger at the Cove Lane exit if the speed limit is not reduced.

“All we are asking for is for the speed limit to be the same as it is on Holly Hill Road,” he said.

Lake Charles Deputy Police Chief Mark Kraus said whatever speed limit the City Council chooses, police will enforce. “Our goal regarding the public and governmental arena is safety,” he said. “Public safety is our primary concern.”

Speed limit studies are done to determine what limits should be placed on motorists.

Kraus said speed limits are not reduced just because. “You can never be too safe,” he said. “Who is going to argue against another layer of protection?”

The council will vote on the speed limit change in March.

Posted By: Amanda On: 2/28/2013

Title: just moved here

I think the spend limit around lake charles is just to high , The speed limit in front of the mall and in front of McNeese is way to high , I would love to see the speed limit on all the street around town drop . I now see why the car insurance in this area is so high,just sit on any of these road and watch how many people are on cell phone even the cop are on there cell going high rate of speed. . Please drop all of the speed litmit on all your roads. Why is lake st 35 and the speed litmit in front of the mall 45 ? it doesnt make since .

Posted By: Michael On: 2/28/2013

Title: C'mon

Will dropping the speed limit control speeding? NO
I challenge anyone to tell me how reducing the speed limit will control speeding.
I have read the article over twice now and I cannot make the connection between dropping the speed limit on W Prien Lake Rd and worker safety on Cove Ln construction.

Posted By: Andrew S. On: 2/28/2013

Title: 35 is good

35mph is a good speed limit for what amounts to a residential area. The city ought to consider lowering the speed limit on Nelson Road to 35mph as well. There are so many wrecks there. Can you imagine going 45mph on Ryan with all the people turning on and off? It's practically a nightmare.

Posted By: Alexis On: 2/28/2013

Title: We have enough layers of protection.

Dropping the speed limit to 35 on this road is ludacris. Perhaps to 40, that is more reasonable. If they are concerned for workers lives have it temporarily at 35 around the construction zone. Or how about have patrol units issue tickets to those going high speeds. I am sick of obeying the law and being punished by the government for a select few who break the law. I travel this road to avoid Nelson road and its congestion. West Prien Lake road gets congested enough from travelers who go well under the speed limit from time to time. Like he said, there hasn't been an incident yet so don't possibly create one out of nothing. I know politicians like to do that but enough is enough.

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