Council To Consider Lowering Speed Limit On Portion Of Lake Park Blvd

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 08 October 2014 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH  - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider lowering the speed limit to 25mph on a portion of Lake Park Blvd at their October 14th, meeting.
The area would include between Sumter Ave and St. Joseph Street.
Police Chief Ken Hinkle said he met with North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) representative Gary Eckert in June and discussed challenges the Town has with crosswalks, signs, and speed limits on Lake Park Blvd from the downtown Central Business District (CBD) to the town limits of Kure Beach. Hinkle said many obstructions were found at the crosswalk areas, as well as potential misplacement of the signs. NCDOT has performed a speed study and has stated that if the town would like to change the speed limit on US-421 from Sumter Ave to St. Joseph Street from 35 mph to 25 mph council must pass a resolution.
Katie Hite, PE, PTOE, Division Traffic Engineer with NCDOT, explained in a letter to the Town recently that studies of the area showed, "The majority of drivers operate their vehicles at a speed that is comfortable without strict enforcement regardless of signage."
Hite explained, "The Department considers the dynamics of the area of paramount importance. Seasonal variations in traffic volumes and driver awareness on this approach to the Lake Park area and the various beach access points have led to safety concerns. Based on the findings, we recommend extending the existing 25mph speed limit zone on US421 to Sumter Avenue. This section of US421 is within the Town of Carolina limits and will require the Town and the Department to enact concurring ordinances."
Hite explained the changes would repeal the current speed limits and establish the 25mph limit from Saint Joseph Street south to Sumter Avenue encompassing a larger area than the current 25 mph currently includes.
The Council will consider the item at their October 14th, meeting at 6:30PM at Town Hall.


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