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How do I get speed humps installed in my neighborhood?

Patrick Gannon

Well, the easy answer would be to call whatever government or private entity maintains your road. But it’s not always easy to know who maintains a road. And sometimes the owner of a road might not maintain it, so it gets even more complicated.

You could start by calling the N.C. Department of Transportation, which owns and maintains many roads in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties. The number for the DOT division office in Wilmington is 251-5724.

But if the DOT maintains your road, you simply won’t get speed humps or bumps. The department, as a policy, has never installed them because it believes they can cause accidents. It will, in some situations, install chokers or other “traffic calming” devices, however.

If the DOT doesn’t maintain your road, then it’s most likely maintained by your city or town, the developer who built the subdivision or your homeowners’ association.

If you live in the city of Wilmington, you’ll never see speed humps on your road, either, unless they’re already there. The city stopped installing speed humps as a policy a few years back. But it also installs chokers and other devices meant to slow traffic through its Neighborhood Traffic Management Program. Many neighborhoods already have such devices, and the city plans to install them in other neighborhoods, too.

If your road is maintained by another city or town in this region or by a private entity, your best bet is to call them to inquire about bumps or humps.

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Chris Hollingsworth

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