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How does the city of Wilmington determine speed limits for different neighborhoods?

Ken Little

In the city of Wilmington, most speed limits are set by state law at 35 mph for local streets.

There are other streets in the city where the speed limit has been changed.

“We’ve conducted neighborhood traffic studies throughout the city to reduce speeds and increase safety,” says Senior Transportation Planner Mike Kozlosky. Eighteen such traffic engineering studies have been conducted, resulting in some cases in a reduction to a 25 mph speed limit.

The city has a plan in place to study certain neighborhoods that may be appropriate for reduced or changed speed limits, Kozlosky says.

“It’s important to look at the function of the road. If it’s a local street, the appropriate speed may be 25. If it’s a connecting street, the appropriate speed may be 35,” he says.

The state Department of Transportation does not set speed limits on city streets, DOT spokeswoman Jennifer Garifo says.

“If it is a state-maintained road that runs through a municipality, the city will do a municipal ordinance and send it to DOT requesting the speed limit. DOT will then do a study to make sure that the requested speed limit is safe and meets criteria. DOT will then accept or deny the speed limit,” Garifo says.

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One Response to “ How does the city of Wilmington determine speed limits for different neighborhoods?”

  1. On May 8, 2015 at 4:51 pm Todd Lawson wrote:

    It seems that the Wilmington police take advantage of streets that have the speed limit lowered to 25 mph to set up speed traps. They go so far as to use the terrain (hills, bushes, etc) to conceal themselves. This is especially true on Greenville Avenue and on Rogersville Road. As far as the amount of traffic on Greenville Avenue, it is negligible, at best, and I for one would like to see a traffic volume analysis done to prove my point. This is a prime example of changing existing laws for the purpose of creating revenue for the city at taxpayers expense. If one residential neighborhood warrants a 25 mph limit, then lets change them all to 25 mph. The police will have a field day all over town, but at least the people who pay them will know what to expect.

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