DOT drops speed limit on part of Glenwood Avenue

Posted June 24, 2011

— Drivers will need to ease off the gas pedal on part of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, the state Department of Transportation said.

The DOT is lowering the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on Glenwood Avenue between Duraleigh Road and the entrance to Umstead State Park. The move will create a consistent speed limit on the road from Oberlin Road to Westgate and Lumley roads.

Officials cited the large number of crashes along the stretch as a reason for lowering the speed limit. Almost three-quarters of the 588 crashed on that portion of Glenwood Avenue between May 2006 and last April were rear-end collisions that likely occurred because the hilly terrain limited sight distance for drivers as they approached stopped or turning vehicles, officials said.

Lowering the speed limit to 45 mph is expected to reduce those type of collisions, officials said.

Signs designating the new speed limit were installed Friday, and orange markers were placed atop the signs to help warn motorists of the change.


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  • elvis14 Jun 28, 2011

    This article is incomplete. Where's the link to complain and or request a reversal?

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 27, 2011

    Another revenue generation idea from Governor Perdue.

  • DontAnnoyMe Jun 24, 2011

    DOT _drops_ speed limit: means gets rid of speed limit.
    DOT _lowers_ speed limit: means lowers speed limit.

  • mmtlash Jun 24, 2011

    Hwy 70/Glenwood Avenue has such a confusing speed limit system anyway, this includes the Durham seems as if every mile or so it alternates between being 45 and's easy to technically speed if you aren't paying attention when the limit drops down to 45 for a mile or two

  • corvair024 Jun 24, 2011

    Seems like a way for NCDOT to make more revenue. I hate to be driving this road during rush hour now. It is slow enough as is. I am sure some genius at the DOT didn't want to think about any real solutions to the crashed and took the easy way out. "Lets just lower the speed limit" Durrr

  • Pseudonym Jun 24, 2011


    SO TRUE!! I can't count the number of times when I've passed a slower driver, slowed down due to a speed limit drop, and the driver that I just passed passes me because they're not paying attention to the speed limit drop.

  • same ole story Jun 24, 2011

    Can you say revenue generating move by good ole State of NC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bench Jun 24, 2011

    "rear-end collisions that likely occurred because the hilly terrain limited sight distance for drivers as they approached stopped or turning vehicles"

    Wrong! The rear-end collisions occurred because people were slowing down for the idiotic unexpected drop to 45 MPH at the park entrance. Instead of extending the 45 MPH zone, they should make it 55 MPH continuously from Pinecrest Rd. to Bier Creek.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jun 24, 2011

    Lower it to 15 and you'll reduce crashes even more.

  • 12345_here Jun 24, 2011

    In the daylight, it won't matter, it is already a parking lot.
    It only matters for drunk drivers returning from downtown at Late night that the speed seems to be a problem.