RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Among streets where Raleigh leaders are considering lowering the speed limit is one where a student was hit and killed near North Carolina State University’s campus.
The Raleigh City Council lowered speed limits on more roads – 128 of them – in 2021 than in the previous five years combined.
They are now looking at six more streets where they could reduce speeds.
One of those six streets is Crest Road near North Carolina State University’s campus. The speed limit there would be reduced to 25 mph. Student Benjamin De Rose was hit and killed on Crest Road in October 2021.
The speed limit within Raleigh city limits is 35 mph on roads that don’t have a posted speed limit.
Thursday is the deadline to give feedback on Crest Road, along with the five others.
“A lot of people reach out to lower the speed limit,” the city’s traffic calming administrator William Shumaker told CBS 17. “We’ve found that 25 mph in most cases, on most neighborhood streets, is a more appropriate speed.”
Shumaker said the city made it easier for neighbors to report safety concerns.
Instead of a physical neighborhood petition, people can go online and request the city consider reducing the speed limit.
As long as 50 percent of properties along the street don’t vote “no” on a lower speed limit, then it will be taken to the city council.
The council has approved eight street speed reductions in 2022.
Shumaker said the pandemic also played a role in more speed reductions as more people stayed home.
“It was just kind of a perfect storm in a good way where we made the process easier and people became a lot more aware,” Shumaker said.