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Why was a 35 mph speed limit sign with current speed sensors installed in the Bexley subdivision?

Ken Blevins

Randall Glazier, traffic signs and markings engineering manager for the city of Wilmington’s Traffic Engineering Division, said that a dynamic feedback speed limit sign, dubbed “speed-minder sign” by city staff, was installed on Bexley Drive in response to a request by neighborhood residents.

The device collects traffic data that is analyzed to determine if there are any traffic issues in an area.

“A lower speed limit has never been enacted for Bexley so the speed limit is 35 mph by (state general statutes), which is why the speed limit on the speed-minder sign was 35 miles per hour.

Glazier said that the data collection is complete and the sign will be removed this week.

In this instance, Glazier said the data shows the 85th percentile speed, meaning the speed that 85 percent of vehicles do not exceed for Bexley Drive, is 18 mph.

“This was the expected result of this speed study but the traffic study was conducted to provide tangible data to prove the hypothesis. Bexley Drive is self-regulating below even 25 mph so at this time no action is required,” Glazier said.

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Why do some residential roads in Wilmington have a 35 mph speed limit while others have a 25 mph speed limit?

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