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Why are there 3 speed limits on U.S. 74/76 when traveling between Whiteville and Wilmington?

Ken Little

U.S. 74/76 from Wilmington to Whiteville has different characteristics “depending on which section of road you’re driving on,” said N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo.

Some areas of the road have wider shoulders. Also, some areas have pavement and cable guiderail in the median, while others do not, Garifo said.

“Because the roadway is not uniform from Wilmington to Whiteville, the individual sections meet different speed criteria set by Federal Highway Administration regulations,” she said.

N.C. DOT sets the speeds “according to the roadway capabilities of handling traffic at that speed,” Garifo said.

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4 Responses to “ Why are there 3 speed limits on U.S. 74/76 when traveling between Whiteville and Wilmington?”

  1. On September 8, 2010 at 9:26 pm Bobby wrote:

    The speed limit on this road should be at least 60 MPH from Whiteville to the Brunswick/Columbus County line,

    if you travel on NC Route 11 from Ayden to Kinston it’s 60 MPH,
    and that stretch of US 74/76 is far more rural than
    NC Route 11.

  2. On September 9, 2010 at 11:33 am kIEkIE wrote:

    It a revenue generating avenue for the county coffers … that’s why. Totally ridiculous.

  3. On September 10, 2010 at 2:53 pm TOM wrote:

    I totaly agree it is a money generating plan, One minute you are driving 55, then 60, the 65, the 55, then 60. I see so many people getting tickets, it ought to be 60 AND LEAVE IT AT THAT

  4. On September 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm ray wrote:

    driving 49 years- 2 tickets for speeding – guess where? this is a speed trap revenue producer- nothing else.