Q. Airlie Road is truly a gem in Wilmington, so serene and beautiful. However, one thing is destroying this Wilmington landmark: high-speed traffic. The speed limit is 35 MPH all the way to the curve where Airlie Road then parallels the Intracoastal Waterway, where the speed limit drops to 25 MPH. This road is heavily used by cyclists. The 35 mph speed limit is not compatable with neither the serenity of Airlie Road, nor the cyclists. How does one go about getting a speed limit changed in Wilmington?
A. To get a speed limit changed in Wilmington, you have to ask either the city or the N.C. Department of Transportation to look into it.
If it is a city street, contact Traffic Services at 341-7888.
If it is a state-maintained road, contact the N.C. DOT office at 341-2000 and ask to speak to a traffic engineer.
If you’re not sure if the road is maintained by the city or the state, you can contact either office and, if need be, they will refer you to the correct person to speak with.
Don Bennett, Wilmington’s traffic engineer, says his office processes about a dozen requests to change a speed limit each year.
Date posted: July 2, 2012
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