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Raleigh ramps up efforts to make drivers slow down

Posted October 26, 2012

— The city of Raleigh is stepping up their plans to make drivers slow down in neighborhoods.

The city has completed four major traffic-calming projects since the Neighborhood Traffic Management program began in 2006. In all of the projects, the speed limit on the roads was reduced to 25 mph.

On Cross Link Road in Raleigh, police have responded to 12 speed-related crashes in three years. Neighbor Kristie Hammond says motorists on the road are driving too fast.

"I almost got hit a couple of times because I didn't see the car," Hammond said. "The next thing I know, the car comes 60 or 70 mph, flying."

The city of Raleigh says many people drive 10 to 15 mph over the speed limit on Cross Link Road.

At an intersection on Eagle Trace Drive - one of the four projects completed by the city - traffic engineers have included features such as median islands and changed road design to get drivers' attention and make them slow down. The traffic-calming project cost the city $150,000. 

A second project was completed on Ashe Avenue and also included Cox Avenue, Flint Place, Dexter Place and Park Avenue. Engineers utilized median islands, pedestrian ramps and crossings, and speed humps. The project cost $135,000.

The project at Plaza Place in northwest Raleigh cost $90,000 and includes medians, pedestrian ramps and crossings, and curb extensions. The final project on Mourning Dove Drive, from Six Forks Road to Heathfield Drive, cost $59,000 and used medians, a four-way stop intersection and curb extensions.

Tom Fiorello, traffic calming coordinator for the city of Raleigh, said more money is planned to go into the traffic management program, which means more projects will be able to be completed. Up to 13 projects are planned to be completed each year.

The city plans to take on three major projects and eight to 10 minor projects each year, including a project on Cross Link Road. A major project is composed of significant changes to a street, which could include curb extensions, medians or traffic circles. A minor project generally includes speed humps or speed tables.

A fifth project is currently under construction on Anderson Drive in north Raleigh. The project is scheduled to be completed late this year and includes the removal of a merge lane from southbound Six Forks Road onto westbound Anderson Drive. A bicycle lane and medians are being added, and the speed limit on Anderson Drive will be reduced to 30 mph.

Major projects approved for the 2012-13 fiscal year include Varsity Drive from Avent Ferry Road to Marcom Street, Quail Ridge Road from Falls of Neuse Road to Spring Forest Road, and Bridgeport Road from Creedmoor Road to Abbottsbury Court.

Fiorello said studies show traffic-calming projects make drivers slow down by a few miles per hour.

"Even five or six miles an hour is better than it was before," Fiorello said.

To apply for a traffic-calming project in your neighborhood, call 919-996-4066 or email Fiorello at thomas.fiorello@raleighnc.gov.


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  • OpenM1nd Oct 30, 2012

    One major benefit gained from the calming islands on Eagle Trace is that they keep drivers from passing stopped cars on the right side, which could be a problem if the stopped car is stopped for a pedestrian that the passer cannot see because he's in a hurry. However, one problem with with two of the islands on this street is that they are actually awkward to get through if you are driving a moving van or delivery truck. Signs come down all the time, but usually because the driver was unfamiliar with the obstacle course.

  • geosol Oct 26, 2012

    We need the government out of our lives!!!! If people want to speed in residential areas, the government has no business in trying to stop them. We need less government and lower taxes - fewer cops because they just get in the way. Yay wingers!!!!

  • MarcoPolo Oct 26, 2012

    The FIRST thing that the City of Raleigh needs to do is fix that atrocity that THEY created called Hillsborough Street.

    Traffic is ALWAYS backed up and there are accidents ALL the time. Do you know how much property damage the City of Raleigh has caused?

  • dmccall Oct 26, 2012

    Very annoying.

  • missdawg Oct 26, 2012

    charlesboyer, you do realize that not spending the money on traffic circles and speed humps would save enough money to hire more officers, right? And did you know that issuing tickets actually generates revenue, where inanimate traffic control devices do not?

  • whiffer1 Oct 26, 2012

    Great news. I travel all over the state in my business and speeding is out of control in the Triangle area as a whole. Traffic is either going 10-15 mph over the limit or at a crawl due to an accident.

  • Scubagirl Oct 26, 2012

    But I do agree, just enforce the existing speed limits!

  • charlesboyer Oct 26, 2012

    "How about just enforcing the speed limit on these roads instead of wasting our taxpayer dollars on these projects that will no doubt be torn up and re-done differently in a couple of years?"

    You do realize that the police are already busy and raising enforcement levels would likely necessitate hiring more officers, right? And not only that, those new officers can't be there at all times, like the physical devices the city put in place.

  • Scubagirl Oct 26, 2012

    Could use some of this on the section of Millbrook between 6 forks and Falls. Folks on that stretch are plum crazy and I'm surprised there aren't more wrecks on that stretch.

  • missdawg Oct 26, 2012

    How about just enforcing the speed limit on these roads instead of wasting our taxpayer dollars on these projects that will no doubt be torn up and re-done differently in a couple of years?