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Why does the speed limit change on Piner Road in front of Myrtle Grove Christian School?

Ken Little
StarNews

Actually, the speed limit along the length of Piner Road is 45 mph, with the sole exception being the area of Myrtle Grove Middle School at 901 Piner Road, Wilmington [Map this].

“It’s 45 miles per hour except at the middle school, where it’s 35 miles per hour,” said Tammy Stewart, spokeswoman for the N.C. Department of Transportation.

“The Christian school does not have a reduction because it has not requested a speed limit reduction in front of their school. They have to request that,” Stewart said.

Once a request is submitted, the N.C. Department of Transportation reviews the request and makes the decision to reduce or not to reduce the speed limit, Stewart said.

NCDOT has no record of Myrtle Grove Christian School requesting a speed limit change. However, the 35 mph school zone for Myrtle Grove Middle School extends to Myrtle Grove Christian School, Stewart said. In fact, a school-zone sign is directly in front of the Christian school.

If a school wants to request a speed limit reduction, specific information needs to be submitted, Stewart said.

Stewart said that prior to consideration of a request for a school zone speed limit, a formal request from the principal or other school official must be submitted to the Department of Transportation. The official signed letter should be addressed to Katherine E. Hite, PE, Division Traffic Engineer, 5501 Barbados Boulevard, Castle Hayne [Map this], NC 28429, and should include the following documentation:

A. The number of students (K-12)

B. The number of student pedestrians

C. The number of student bicyclists

D. Whether or not the school routinely uses a crossing guard on state system roadways

E. A description of the school’s student loading plan

F. Beginning & dismissal times at the school

G. A calendar with the school’s schedule


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