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35 mph is too fast on Airlie Road. How does one go about getting a speed limit changed in Wilmington?

Julian March

Cars pass under the canopy of trees along Airlie Road Tuesday Sept. 28, 2010. STAFF PHOTO BY Paul Stephen/Wilmington StarNews

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.


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2 Responses to “ 35 mph is too fast on Airlie Road. How does one go about getting a speed limit changed in Wilmington?”

  1. On July 3, 2012 at 10:52 am Jay wrote:

    Actually, City Council sets speed limits on city streets (which includes Airlie Rd). So you can either follow the bureaucratic process by contacting the city Traffic Engineering Division or you can go right to a city council member. The engineers will tell you that the speed limit should be based on the 85th percentile speed. What they won’t tell you is that this formula is for rural and suburban highways, not urban streets with bicyclists and pedestrians.

  2. On July 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm MW wrote:

    I am always amazed by the arrogance of questions like this one. I often wonder if people actually think that things like speed limits are something you can just call up and have changed? I would suspect most of these questions come from people that have moved here from parts north. As for cyclists, they should have zero bearing on the speed limit. The roads are made for cars. Cyclists use the roads at their own peril.