Speed limit on Berryhill Road to be strictly enforced

Published on June 01, 2017 with 30 Comments

The residential area of Berryhill Road between Dogwood and Stewart Street in Milton is a concern for Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell. He said the city is using proactive measures to contain the speed of drivers using the road as a bypass instead of utilizing Highway 90.

Milton Police Chief Tony Tindell

“This part of Berryhill Road was never designed to be a cut-through,” said Tindell. “We’ve more cars on the roadway today than when it was designed.”

Tindell said drivers should be aware of the 25 mph speed limit and it will be strictly enforced. “The city has a lighted speed sign to register driver’s speed heading east.”

The chief of police also said residents along the road have spoken at great lengths with his department. “We are taking measures to address the issue further,” he said.

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  1. Berryhill road has been my home for 19 years and over the past 10
    Years or so it has gotten so bad. I used to call the previous chief of police weekly. Semi trucks are now using it as a pass through as well as large to trucks. They need to go around and be safe.

    • What part of Berryhill? I know that between Willing St and Dogwood Dr is an exclusionary zone from Semi’s. West of Dogwood is not a no-truck zone. Just curious…

      • I travel quite frequently through the intersection on Hamilton Bridge Rd and Berryhill Road .It is the Y intersection. Recently there have been many new stop signs installed on Hamilton bridge and Berryhill It seems the one most needed was overlooked.It is on the East bound Berryhill at the Hamilton Bridge intersection.
        It is my opinion that that intersection , because of poor visability due to a hill on Berryhillneeded , needed stop signs on both the East
        and West bound . this was needed more than the interrsection of Berryhill and Chavers St.
        I also agree with the Milton police enforcing the speed on these city roads.
        If further info is needed re my reply I would be glad help. Thanks

  2. WE have to grown that means heavy traffic roads can not be that slow. Just like Avalon Blvd millions spent to expand to 4 lanes and now you set the speed at 45. that is just not practical in today’s busy life. 25 is to slow for berryhill in any stretch of it. It really needs to be 4 laned and made into the major through fair to take some slack off of hwy 90 . We need more cut throughs from 90 to berry hill also

    • I agree that the speed limits on most of these roads are too low. Avalon Blvd should be 55 all of the way down, along with 87 South; North Stewart St north of King Middle; Dogwood Drive north of Magnolia; Berryhill west of Anderson Ln to Chumuckla. Another problem is drivers going well below the speed limit. Hwy 90 east of Ward Basin actually goes up to 55 but some folks are driving 40 mph..m

    • @ William Livingston; the part of Berryhill that is being referenced in this article is between downtown and Glover..yes there are many roads that need to be widened to 4 lanes but this area is NOT one of them.

    • Definitely agree

    • Agreed that 25 mph is not needed. It could easy be 35 mph. There are not small children running around and into the streets riding bikes or families and their children and pets walking. There are not that many people that even live directly on this stretch. I think, WOW, the speed limit is 25mph (should be 20 max) in my 100+ homes neighborhood, and traffic cuts thru to get to an adjacent new subdivision and back to Berryhill Rd (west) going 35/45mph, and the county could care less. When I expressed concerns to the appropriate department, I was told by a county employee that the residents could hire deputies to sit and give out tickets. And that when they were gone, naturally speeding would resume. I don’t have small children(thank goodness) or my complaints/concerns would be very well known. I hate it for the families here that can’t even teach their kids how to ride a bike, ride a tricycle, or any other apparatus for play.
      This to me, and I’m sure many others in the county that have lived in Milton/Pace area, believe this is a waste of resources.

    • I appreciate Chief Tindell giving the community notice of enforcement. He did not have to do this instead just could have placed officers out to enforce the posted speed limit.
      Thank you for your opinion but raising the speed limit and widening this part of Berryhill is not an option.
      This is a residential neighborhood and area. Many of the home owners do not have the luxury to turn around on their drive but must back out onto Berryhill from their driveways. You also have residential which always include children and pets.
      There are alternate options. Choose another route. I am sure the resident’s would prefer reduced volume of vehicles or leave earlier to allow more driving time so you don’t have to drive so rushed!
      A ticket will do several things including adding to an already stressful day, turning a good day into a bad day, cost you a hefty penalty in fines, raise your vehicle insurance for a few years, and cost you additional time that you are just sitting on the side of the road with an officer making you later than you already are.
      If you do not like the posted speed limit on Berryhill, please find a more suitable route for your commute. Otherwise, please watch for small unprotected parties such as pedestrians, bicycles, motorcycles, children, and pets. Home owners have rights also the expected ability to live safely in their home.
      What you have said about Berryhill is almost as silly as someone buying a home near the airport and then complain about the noise of the aircraft and requesting the airport be moved.
      I will agree on Avalon when it was a bumpy two lane road the speed limit was 55. Now a beautiful 4 lane highway and the same stretch is 45 MPH. I would love to see this put back to 55 and maybe if the construction ever ends this will happen.
      Until, l suggest adding more driving time to your destination. Like it or not, our county has grown by leaps and bounds! The traffic is heavy but go to Atlanta or Washington D.C. or any other large city and you will be thankful that we can still get around in a reasonable time safely if people will just be responsible, pay attention, and put that phone down unless you are off the road or at your destination parked. Nothing! NOTHING is worth hitting another person and causing them a lifetime of pain because of your carelessness! Remember, your vehicle is a weapon when coming at another smaller and unprotected object. They also have legal rights and it is our place to be alert and responsible behind the wheel at all times.

  3. Of course 25MPH is to slow for that rd!! Put up a No through truck sign and raise the limit to 30 or better yet 35. I believe that some are traveling 45-50 as it is. It is hard to balance a motorcycle at 25MPH.

    • Sell your ride. Never had a problem going 25.

    • I rode my own bike for 14 years. 25 MPH is manageable on a motorcycle. You need to allow more room between you and vehicle ahead so that you can stop or avoid potholes, foreign objects, and give you time to take any evasive action or stop quickly without spilling yourself or bike. The only time l found it hard to ride at 25 MPH was on gravel, loose rocks, or dirt. Otherwise, you should have no problem controlling your bike on a paved road. Keep practicing! Practice makes perfect. Ride safe always!

  4. Please consider patrolling Newton too. Its almost like a drag strip! It’s a cut through between Hamilton Bridge and Berryhill close to the lighted speed sign mentioned in the article.

  5. Berry Hill road needs to be brought up to date. The county population is skyrocketing, and has been for the better part of 30 years. Perhaps instead of jails, prisons, and courthouses. Our tax pauer dollars should be spent on a better infrastructure, widening of existing roadways, and providing more cut through roads to get to Berryhill Rd. Instead of buying traffic cameras, (which by the way are about to be outlawed by the house and Senate of Florida), we should do our part in making our community more inviting to people. People should not have to ride around our town in fear. And everyone is scared of the law around here. My fiance was detained for 2 hours a couple of weeks ago, her car destroyed by officers, all for nothing. She left the house at 11 pm to go to the store, she didnt get home until after 1 am. I was worried sick about her. This was a waste of our tax payer dollars, 6 county officers for one very small woman???? With no criminal record. These taxpayer dollars could be appropriated better, I think. Just a concerned citizen wanting answers for obvious problems.

  6. 4 lane this stretch? Not unless you want your house like 3 feet from the road. No, bump up the speed limit to 30 and restrict late trucks from using it. It is not really a “cut through” , it is an extension of Berryhill Road that is east of Dogwood. The traffic has increased everywhere, more enforcement is what is needed.

    • A few speed bumps might slow drivers while reminding them to pay attention.

  7. 4 lane this stretch? Not unless you want your house like 3 feet from the road. No, bump up the speed limit to 30 and restrict large trucks from using it. It is not really a “cut through” , it is an extension of Berryhill Road that is east of Dogwood. The traffic has increased everywhere, more enforcement is what is needed.

  8. How about between willing and Stewart street. You want to give out tickets then pick a spot. It’s like a raceway down here.

  9. I live on Berry Hill we have several nurseing homes assisted liveing on Berry Hill and traffic has no regards for speed and noise, I have notice,

  10. By residential growth moving further to North Santa Rosa County will eliminate some of the congested traffic! Close enough ,but home life in a secluded peaceful atmosphere!!
    NAS Whiting Field North

  11. It’s very noticeable that the speed limit along Berryhill Road altogether is not obeyed nearly enough. I see more people speeding on Berryhill Road but I never see anybody pulled over. I constantly have other drivers including police ride my bumper when I’m doing 25 through that section of Berryhill.

  12. We need to look at windham road and the cut throughs to berryhill. My kids can’t play out front due to people speeding and off road through there.

  13. I live in in between the Berryhill cemetaries. There are so many cars coming from Berryhill and Caroline going into Oakcrest as a pass thru shortcut and speed in the neighborgood and grant it traffic sucks here. But in our neighborhood residents speed here and run the stop sign. Coming off of Hamilton Bridge Rd turning into Victoria St same thing in they use Oakcrest as a pass thru to get to Caroline St. By pass all the traffic. It gets annoying and I really want the Milton PD to be out there especially 4th of Jul for Speeders. Thats when its most heaviest cars passing thru.

  14. The police have been patrolling as much as possible but as soon as they leave the speeds go back up. This is a residential area with children, pedestrians and bicycle riders and no sidewalks! Raising the speed limit will only make drivers feel entitled to go even faster! Let’s support our police in their efforts to make our city safer.

  15. My family just moved in on this road and our 9 year old daughter loves to ride her bike, and our dogs love to go on walks. We knew we were buying a house on a busy street, but did not realize it was THIS busy (we moved from Pensacola). My daughter is not allowed in the front yard unless she has our Rottweiler or a parent with her. When we do ride bikes or go for walks, we have to do so on Newton Street because of the narrow road, speeding cars, and lack of a sidewalk on Berryhill.

    The radar speed limit sign only picks up cars coming onto Berryhill from Dogwood Dr, but not from Berryhill to Dogwood. The cars headed to Dogwood from Berryhill always speed up right in front of our house to try to “beat the light”. Yesterday there was a car accident at this red light, and I can almost guarantee it was either from a speeding car or the fact that the red light on this side of Berryhill Rd does not have a turn signal light like the other side of Berryhill Rd does.

    I understand that drivers feel the speed limit is too slow on this road, as sometimes I have to remember this is a neighborhood and slow down myself when driving towards Stewart Rd. However, I do not believe the speed limit should increase on this road until there is a sidewalk for pedestrians. Foot traffic down this road is moderate, but I believe it would be higher if pedestrians weren’t forced to take a safer route. I hope the city of Milton will at least consider a sidewalk in this area.

    All in all, thank you to those that abide by the speed limit in our neighborhood (not racetrack), and thank you to the drivers that let my family cross the road safely in front of your vehicle to enjoy our family walks/bike rides.

    • Thank you Amanda! My family and I live on Barnes St close to Newton. I completely agree drivers need to slow down for the safety of all our residents who live on that stretch! I love the idea of sidewalks too! If their loved ones lived there those speeding wouldn’t be so quick to raise the speed limit! Newton is a raceway too!

  16. Berryhill is a major roadway. It’s the way to Cantonment, 5 points, the hospital, and much more. It will always have a lot of traffic. Lowering the speed limit will not change that. I understand the residents don’t want to be on a busy road, but that can’t be changed. Unless you blockade it at Dogwood, traffic will continue to increase.

    • Ted Frazier, Berryhill rd was never meant to be a major hwy. Even when Vanity Fair was going wide open on Berryhill Rd (with more than 500 employees) very few ever used Berryhill rd. The thing was to get off of Berryhill as fast as possible. The big problem is the exudus from Pensacola to Milton/Pace the last 15 yrs and especially the last 10 has strained every road in the county. They’ve built homes and business’ faster than they could ever build roads and they’re still building. No one that has grown up around here would have ever believed the congestion would have ever gotten this bad. The new Publix in Pace has made 5 points a nightmare. I can remember driving through Spencer Field, Hamilton Bridge to Berryhill and maybe meeting 3 cars along the way. Even when Monsanto, Main Side, Whiting Field, Vanity Fair, Cyanomide, the GE plant all the big business’ where everyone worked….the traffic problem was never this bad. Everyone wants to live here and I don’t blame them but I sure wish they didn’t.

  17. Just block that strech of berry hill off and 4 lane the rest of it to chumuckla hwy. That way no one can complaun about traffic anymore……

  18. I keep hearing about downtown revitalization and the downtown area being more pedestrian friendly. Been trying to get a stop sign at Berryhill and Alabama as a solution for months for safety reasons but again rejected by the city council on upcoming July 10 2018 meeting agenda.Traffic continues to fly along in both directions 40+MPH plus along every morning and evening and Sunday afternoon, in order to bypass hwy 90. You want increased tourism for your downtown businesses? Have the pass through people stay on 90,so families can enjoy the downtown and stop dodging the speeding inconsiderate knuckleheads.Most city leaders agree an issue, but do not want to upset people who have no intention of patronizing local businesses anyway.

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