City Council discusses speed limit on River Road

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington City Council members discussed reducing the speed limit on sections of River Road during their meeting Tuesday night.  After two annexations, parts of the road are within city limits.

The Department of Transportation said driving 55 mph on the winding two-lane road is too fast, and several people have died in car accidents as a result.

"Whenever there's a lot of accidents, fatal or otherwise, there's a message telling you it's time to slow down," said Jim Quinn.

Over the years loved ones have put up many roadside memorials along the stretch of road - a sign that residents say should have been noticed sooner.

"To have fatalities like that they should have been looking at it awhile ago," said resident Michael Baer.  "You don't want more people killed on the road, and it's just a shame that it happens that way."

"It's really sad, and I don't want that to happen to anymore people," said resident Kathleen Baer.

City leaders could take the recommendation one step further and drop the speed limit along the entire stretch of River Road.

"It's not that long of a road and from one end to another you're saving a couple of minutes," said Michael.  "You leave two minutes earlier you're going to get to your same destination on time without killing anybody."

The changes could take several weeks before they are enacted.

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