By MEGAN STROUP
Stonecrest residents might have noticed a recent increase in the Chapel Hill Road speed limit.
The limit is now set at 40 mph between Gillespie Bridge Road and Grant Lane, an increase from 35 mph last year, according to resident Adrienne Patton.
The city has been replacing speed limit signs around Columbia since March, according to a Public Works Department news release.
The city council approved the amendments to the Code of Ordinances in August 2009, and all speed limit signs are scheduled to be replaced by October 1.
With some exceptions, the changes can be generally explained by the following situations:
- Speed limits on residential streets will be lowered from 30 mph to 25 mph. Residential streets are defined as streets with only residential dwellings accessing the road with an average daily traffic volume less than 2,000.
- Some major roadways will see increased speed limits, based on the speed at which 85 percent of people drive at or below.
- Streets without a specified speed limit will decrease from 30 to 25 mph. These roads will remain 30 mph until the former signs are removed, however.
The following documents can be helpful if you would like to know which streets in your neighborhood will be affected:
- The most up-to-date speed limits on Columbia streets can be found under Section V (B223-09) of the August 17, 2009, city council agenda. The policy on setting speed limits on residential streets can also be found under Section V (PR182-09).
- Ordinance containing speed limits on Columbia streets prior to August 17, 2009.
- Traffic volume data for city streets in Columbia.
These documents are all public record and were shared with Neighborhood News by Scott Bitterman, traffic supervising engineer for the Public Works Department.