Traffic

DOT drops speed limit on part of Glenwood Avenue

Posted June 24, 2011 4:12 p.m. EDT
Updated June 24, 2011 4:15 p.m. EDT

— 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.