Summer speed limit changes made along parts of N.C. 12

By on May 16, 2018

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With the peak of the summer travel season just around the corner, N.C. Department of Transportation crews on Tuesday changed out seasonal speed limit signs along N.C. Highway 12 in several areas of Currituck and Dare counties.

The speed limits in areas through the tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo, as well as Duck, Corolla and Frisco, drop from 45 to 35 mph to account for more vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the summer months.

“This is the time of year when the population of the Outer Banks increases dramatically,” said NCDOT Division Engineer Jerry Jennings. “Motorists need to drive with caution, obey all posted speed limits and be especially mindful of vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic on the roadways.”

The seasonal speed limits will remain in effect until September 15.

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  • chaser

    Maybe they should work on the Wright Memorial Bridge instead….it was supposed to be all the way open May 14.

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 12:33 pm
  • Frank Moore

    Chaser hit the nail squarely on the head

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 4:13 pm
  • John Boy

    This has nothing to do with safety. It has to do with the speeding ticket bonanza with the out of towners.

    On 12 North to Duck, changing it 10 mph lower only increases the traffic congestion and does zero to increase safety. As a result, drivers get more frustrated and start taking chances they otherwise would not once they get by Duck.

    A way to properly resolve this would be to put crossing signals at the intersections instead of letting people randomly walk through the crosswalks at all times FORCING the vehicles to stop. But hey, let’s not use technology to solve the root cause of the problem.

    How about a FOIA request hitting up the DOT to show the statistics on the ‘improved safety’ of the 35 MPH speed limit? Hint: There is none.

    Wednesday, May 16 @ 4:36 pm
  • William R Anderson

    The safety argument is laughable. As usual money is the key. Anyone believe on Saturday and Sunday that traffic moves anywhere near 35 MPH much less 45 MPH? It would be interesting to review revenue for SS speeding tickets for the summer. I personally know tickets were issued for 47 mph in the new reduced zone on Thursday to locals.

    Saturday, May 19 @ 8:35 am