No school signs alert drivers of new school in Brunswick Co.

Reported by Claire Simms - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Some Brunswick County residents are concerned the area around a new middle school is dangerous, because it is not well-marked.

The speed limit on Stanley Road is currently 55 mph, but some people who live near the new Cedar Grove Middle School say that is too fast for a road where children are close by.

"My feeling is there's probably going to be a big accident concerning a school bus and once that happened, then everybody will start looking into something, but why does it have to come to that?" said resident Mike Smith.

Cedar Grove is set back from the road about the block, and the school opened its doors to students for the first time this week.

Residents like Marcia Todd thought the speed limit would be reduced by the first day of school, but that was not the case.  The speed limit remained the same and no school crossing zones were marked.

According to the Department of Transportation, the school system is responsible for paying for any additional school signs and must petition to lower the speed limit.

The DOT said the county school system has not requested anything but directional signs pointing to Cedar Grove, and those will be placed on other roadways.

WECT tried to speak with someone from the Brunswick County School System, but no one has been able to provide any answers at this time.

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