Speed limit drops on section of the bypass

By on May 16, 2012

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Decreases in the speed limit on several roads are being posted this week, including a reduction on U.S. 158 in portions of Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head.

New signs went up Wednesday along the bypass from the Wright Brothers Memorial to Villa Dunes Drive, changing the speed limit to 45 mph.

Kill Devil Hills leaders initially petitioned for the speed from the Memorial through “French Fry Alley” to drop to 35 mph, but the NCDOT agreed with just a five mile per hour reduction.

The request came after a fatal accident last fall at the busy intersection of Ocean Bay Boulevard, Colington Road, and Croatan Highway.

Kill Devil Hills commissioner Mike Hogan said that years ago, during a discussion of lowering the speed limit to 35 mph, the concern was that an abrupt change from 50 mph could cause an “accordion effect” of more backups and accidents.

Nags Head commissioners asked the reduction be extended to the southern end of the school zone near Nags Head Elementary.

The speed limit has also been decreased to 35 mph on Colington Road from the Croatan Highway intersection.

On Monday, speeds were reduced to 35 mph along Duck Road/N.C. 12 from Sandy Ridge Road to the Currituck/Dare line.

“(O)ur staff went out and marked sign locations and got everything together so the crews could begin work this week,” wrote NCDOT Division One deputy traffic engineer Jason Davidson in an email to Kill Devil Hills officials.

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