Council To Consider Lowering Speed Limit On Lake Park Blvd

Council To Consider Lowering Speed Limit On Lake Park Blvd

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 08 January 2020 16:26

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Carolina Beach Town Council will consider lowering the speed limit on a portion of Lake Park Blvd during their January 14th, meeting at 6:30pm.

Interim Town Manager Ed Parvin says the North Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) is in favor of lowering the speed limit on South Lake Park Blvd in Carolina Beach. However, they are not in favor of lowering limits on other state owned roads within Town limits.

During the Town Council's Tuesday October  8th, meeting Parvin explained, "DOT did recommend South Lake Park be lowered to 25 mph which was from 35 mph. Basically from the Carolina Beach Lake going south towards Kure Beach. We would still need direction from Town Council but if we want to move forward with that you would need to adopt a resolution of support and then we would need to change that in our ordinance to make it official."

Parvin said a resolution will be drafted for Council's consideration at their next regular meeting.

Councilman Steve Shuttleworth asked, "Ed what was the request to DOT on speed limits for North Lake Park, Ocean Blvd and Dow Road. What did we ask them for?"

Parvin explained, "North Lake Park was going down to 25 mph and that was denied. Ocean Blvd also going down to 25 mph, and Dow Road... going down to 45 mph. All of those were denied."

He explained, "They do assessments of those streets. I know they look at what speed traffic is flowing on those streets and I know that's one of the data points they look at. The average speed. The average speed on South Lake Park was just below 35 mph and it was at 35 mph. They were already traveling that speed. They were traveling at a faster rate on Ocean Blvd and DOT didn't see a safety concern so they denied that request."

Shuttleworth explained, "What I'm hearing from our residents is the safety concern is the amount of pedestrians and people that are in that Ocean Blvd area. DOT looks at the traffic and the vehicles and the speed, And what we're looking at is the pedestrians. Of those three, I would continue to want to see us pushing for Ocean Blvd."

Parvin said the Town can ask DOT to look at the safety aspects in more detail.

Council member Leann Pierce said Ocean Blvd transitions from 45 mph to 35 mph and, "Maybe we could just ask for the whole street to be 35 mph and that would be a step in the right direction. Maybe 25 mph was too much for them."

Shuttleworth said he doesn't see a lot of pedestrian traffic on Dow Road and there are sidewalks along North Lake Park Blvd and, "On Ocean, it's pretty rough" due to the lack of sidewalks.

Councilman Tom Bridges said DOT previously reduced the limit on Ocean Blvd from 55 mph to 45 mph and that helped the situation and, "Moving it down to 35 mph would probably be helpful."

He also recommended installing a radar sign to alert drivers to how fast they going because people often speed especially in the morning when people are going to work.

Pierce said with the installation of a crosswalk on Ocean Blvd, it will be hard for people to slow down from 45 mph when pedestrians are crossing.

Recently DOT supported modifications that will increase safety for pedestrians throughout Town. The improvements are:
• Collapsible Bollard Signs in Center of Crosswalks
• Back to Back Flashing Signage and Rapid Flashing Beacons on Existing Crosswalk Systems
• New High Crosswalk System at Island Greenway/Ocean Intersection

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