The ordinance to change the speed limit for Greenville Loop Road failed to pass at second reading, further study requested

No change to Greenville Loop Rd speed limit pending study

WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - The decision to change the speed limit for Greenville Loop Road has been postponed for another 60 days pending a study to test the speed reduction measures recently implemented by traffic engineers.

Council leaders debated the proposed change of speed limit during the second reading at the Wilmington City Council meeting Tuesday night, but were not in agreement without further information to support the need.

Council member Charlie Rivenbark spoke in favor of reducing the speed limit referencing the 18 citations issued by Wilmington Police Department for speeding on that road in the 2020 calendar year.

In recent months city traffic engineers have implemented a number of speed reduction measures including installation of curve warning signs, addition of double white lines, and the moving of edges to create more space. Flexible white posts will be installed on the curves in the next couple of weeks.

Mayor Pro-tem Margaret Haynes proposed a substitute motion to test the speed reduction measures for 60 days before changing the speed. Additional police support will be requested and results of the study will be analyzed and presented to City Council after the test period. The motion was seconded by Council member Kevin O’Grady and passed by a 5-2 vote.

The original proposed ordinance would have reduced the general speed limit from 40 miles per hour to 35 mph on Greenville Loop Road and from 30 mph to 25 mph in the Bradley Creek Elementary School zone.

During its March meeting, the City Council voted 4-3 in favor of the ordinance but since the vote wasn’t unanimous a second reading is scheduled for Tuesday night’s meeting.

The ordinance was sponsored by Council member Charlie Rivenbark and seconded by Clifford Barnett.

Rivenbark said the traffic on that road is likely to increase when the roundabout is implemented at Pine Grove and Holly Tree Road.

In 2003, City Council adopted an ordinance to establish the current speed limits on Greenville Loop Road and in the Bradley Creek Elementary school zone.

Traffic accidents are common on Greenville Loop Road and numerous studies have been done to ascertain the need for improvements.

Early in March 2021, staff made a presentation to City Council detailing current conditions and making recommendations for additional traffic control devices to be installed in order to improve the safe and proper use of the road.

Rivenbark proposed the ordinance to reduce the speed limits in addition to the approved traffic control devices.

Other items of interest

City Council unanimously passed the following resolutions:

The purchase of two ChargePoint Express 250 electric vehicle charging stations from LilyPad EV at a cost of $118,225.20. Council members also asked for further research into future revenue generation by looking at other cities elsewhere.

The purchase and installation of security cameras from Johnson Controls, Inc. for North Waterfront Park at a cost of $127,086,

A change order in the amount of $1,780,000 for the FY18 annual needs streets resurfacing contract for Highland Paving, LLC.

A resolution authorizing authorizing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Wilmington Youth Initiative, Inc., (known as the First Tee of Greater Wilmington (First Tee)) for a period of nine years to utilize the former City Fire Station located at 310 Donald Ross Drive for the purposes of delivering youth programming was continued until the next council meeting on May 4, 2021.

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