35mph Speed Limit Change Implemented On North Lake Park Blvd

35mph Speed Limit Change Implemented On North Lake Park Blvd

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By / Local News / الأربعاء, 11 نيسان/أبريل 2018 15:15

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council voted unanimously to adopt a resolution requesting the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) lower the speed limit on a portion of North Lake Park Blvd during their January 9th, meeting.

That change was recently implemented with the installation of new 35 mph signs.

The Council requested the state lower the speed limit from 45mph to 35mph on North Lake Park Blvd from Dow Road to Access Road at Snow's Cut Bridge across from the Food Lion Shopping Center.

During the Council's March 13th, meeting, they voted to repeal an existing ordinance requiring the speed limit in that area to be 45 mph and adopted a new ordinance lowering the limit to  35 mph. The vote was required by NCDOT before they would change the speed limit signs.

The Council began discussions about changing the speed limit in that area following a update from Town Manager Michael Cramer in November of 2017.

Cramer explained, "Over the past month we've had quite a bit of interest in Dow Road speed limits. Part of this stemmed from several months ago when Council approved changes to the golf cart ordinance and the rules and regulations."

He said one of the issues discovered during those discussions is a state law prohibiting golf carts from operating on roads with a speed limit above 35 mph. The only section of Lake Park Blvd that has a limit higher than 35 mph is a portion of North Lake Park Blvd from the intersection of Dow Road north to Snow's Cut Bridge at 45 mph.

Cramer explained, "The people that are in Port Side Village cannot legally use a golf cart to get out on to Lake Park and go down to another section that is legal for them to be in without illegally driving on Lake Park because it's 45 mph."

He explained, "What the conclusion was at that time was Council asked us to talk to the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and ask them to do a traffic study on the  speed limit for that area. At the same time we asked them to do a review of the speed limit from Lake Park and Dow down to Harper Avenue.
That also is currently 45 mph. So we asked them to do a speed study on that segment and determine if that could be reduced to 35 mph thus making it so any of these areas that are north of Town could transverse the Town legally on a golf cart and not have any difficulties with that."

On Monday April 9th, the Town issued a notice to the public stating, "During the January Town Council meeting Council approved the speed limit change from 45 mph to 35mph on N. Lake Park Blvd. from Dow Rd. to 600 Feet North of Access Rd.  That change has gone into effect. Please be mindful of this change as you are accessing that section of N. Lake Park Blvd."

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