First Step: Signs, Lowered Speed Limit To Reduce Highway 29 Truck Rollovers

October 4, 2016

The Florida Department of Transportation has completed their step to address a problem with a North Century Boulevard curve that has seen multiple semi-truck rollovers.
A FDOT contractor has installed warning signs both north and southbound approaching a curve near Jackson Street, and north and southbound near a curve just north of Burger King.

The Florida Department of Transportation has acknowledged the the signage is a temporary fix. FDOT is working to identify a design and construction project to correct the slope of the roadway. Century and Escambia County have both pressed FDOT to eventually fix the elevation problem with the roadway.

Twice this year, semi-trucks rolled over in a curve on North Century Boulevard at Jackson Street. City and county officials believe the curve is badly designed with a slope in the outer lane that is difficult for semis to negotiate at the posted 35 mph speed limit. The amount of lean on an 18-wheeler in the outer lane is demonstrated in the photo at page bottom.

Comments

8 Responses to “First Step: Signs, Lowered Speed Limit To Reduce Highway 29 Truck Rollovers”

  1. Charlie on October 5th, 2016 10:20 pm

    Looking at the photo of the warning sign in the photo at the top of the page, it would appear that the arrow & tipping truck image should be reversed, as it would be for a curve to the right, not a left curve direction.

  2. Bratt Mom on October 5th, 2016 5:46 pm

    I have two (2) good friends who work for the FDOT. This is just a temporary fix, the signs stating the speed limit decrease that is. They do intend on correcting this problem and issue, the FDOT. Time is of the essence I realize but sometimes projects of this magnitude do take time getting plans laid out and initially implemented in the end.

  3. A Law for everthing on October 4th, 2016 4:32 pm

    316.183 Unlawful speed.—
    (1) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event, speed shall be controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance or object on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.

  4. taxpayer on October 4th, 2016 1:56 pm

    These (pro) truck drivers are suppose to be able to drive through mountains, snow and ice all over the country, so why cant they drive down a four lane road in north Florida?

  5. Citizen on October 4th, 2016 1:17 pm

    @JUST SAYING
    Good point. Another example of a sign being obscured is coming into Century east bound on Stateline Road. The sign warning of the curve and the 15 MPH can only be seen when you get right upon it due to tree branches in front of it. This particular sign is also old and non reflective.

  6. Retired on October 4th, 2016 12:32 pm

    I believe the 30 MPH signs and the 35 MPH signs are Not Suggestions. The 15 MPH speed limit on the curve on State line road is also not just a suggestion. I would think the 25 MPH should be adhered to. I have to check myself and set my cruise. Cars still speed through here but I appreciate the word getting out.
    The ECSO officers comes out in force occasionally and they have numerous people pulled over simultaneously.
    Let’s keep Century a safe and quiet place to live, ride through, and come into town for services.
    No Rollovers, No wrecks, no expensive traffic tickets.
    Slow down and smile. If you can’t stop–wave!

  7. JUST SAYING on October 4th, 2016 11:21 am

    The sign at burger king can’t be seen until last minute due to the tree they placed the sign next to.

  8. Neutron on October 4th, 2016 9:47 am

    The yellow 25 curve sign is not an enforceable traffic sign only a warning sign with a recommended speed. No tickets can be issued for exceeding 25 mph by a truck/car. The Trucks Use Right Lane is an official traffic control device and a regulatory sign that can be enforced by a traffic citation.





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