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County boosts speed limits on 2 roads

Speed studies conducted by the county on Crescent Harbor and Taylor roads have determined that the stretches of concrete can accommodate slightly higher velocities.

Public Works Director Bill Oakes told the county commissioners at Wednesday’s staff session that counters placed on Crescent Harbor Road east of Hunt Road revealed almost 85 percent of the vehicles traveling at a speed of 38 mph. The engineering data supports raising the posted speed limit to 40 mph.

The existing school zone posted as 20 mph when flashing would remain unchanged during Crescent Harbor Elementary’s school hours.

Commissioner Mac McDowell staunchly supported the increase, calling Crescent Harbor one of the “best roads in the county” with its wide lanes and shoulders. And with Navy housing in the vicinity facing away from the road, safety would not be an issue.

The Taylor Road study entailed placing counters at Brentwood Place and south of Mounts Road. Oakes said improvements have been made on the road since the 40 mph speed was set for both stretches.

“The locations can support 45 miles per hour,” he said.

The commissioners were in favor of the speed increases and will set public hearings at Monday’s regular meeting.

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