Belmont Shore residential area among other Long Beach streets that could see speed reductions

Several portions of Long Beach streets are slated for a slow down including the entire Belmont Shore neighborhood after traffic studies performed by the city suggested the speed limits could be lowered.

All residential streets in Belmont Shore south of The Toledo and Livingston Drive will be reduced from 25 mph to 15 mph. The changes will also include a strip of Ocean Boulevard that stretches from Bennett Avenue to 54th Place and forms the southern boundary of the neighborhood.

A map of the proposed speed reductions that the City Council will vote on Tuesday August 18, 2021.

The Long Beach City Council is expected to ask for an ordinance Tuesday night so it can formally vote on the changes at a future meeting. Ordinances typically go into effect 30 days after being signed into law by the mayor.

Other small speed reductions will be applied on a handful of other streets across the city like the stretch of Magnolia Avenue between Willow Street and Wardlow Road, which will be reduced to 30 mph.

Between 7th Street and Anaheim Street Magnolia will be reduced to 25 mph to match the speed limit set between 7th Street and Ocean Boulevard.

The speed reductions are part of the city’s Safe Streets Long Beach program the City Council adopted in July 2020 to reduce traffic deaths and injuries.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.