NANCY POWELL ¦ Staff Writer
(Sept. 28, 2012) Motorists on Carey Road and St. Martin’s Road, which crosses it, should ease up on the gas pedal because the county lowered the speed limit from 50 miles per hour to 30 miles per hour.
Because of complaints about speeding vehicles, the Worcester County Public Works Department conducted speed studies on the two roads, each of which is just northwest of Berlin. The first speed study was conducted Aug. 9-16 on St. Martin’s Road.
During that time period, 1,155 vehicles used that road at an average speed of 31 miles per hour. Only two vehicles were traveling at 55 miles per hour or faster and 14 or 1.2 percent were traveling at 51 to 55 miles per hour.
Forty vehicles, or 3.5 percent, were timed at 46 to 50 miles per hour. The vast majority of vehicles, 866 or 75 percent, were traveling from 26 to 45 miles per hour and 233 vehicles or 20.2 percent were traveling below the speed of 26 miles per hour.
Based on the eight-day study, 95.2 percent of the vehicles traveled at speeds below 46 miles per hour.
The average speed was 31 miles per hour.
The speed study for Carey Road was conducted Aug. 16-23. During that time period, 1,688 vehicles used that road at an average speed of 46 miles per hour.
Of that number, 192 vehicles or 11.3 percent were traveling more than 55 miles per hour and 288 or 17.1 percent were traveling from 51 to 55 miles per hour. Four hundred seventy-four vehicles or 28.1 percent were traveling from 46 to 50 miles per hour and 682 vehicles or 40.5 percent were traveling less than 46 miles per hour, but more than 26 miles per hour. Fifty-two vehicles or 3.1 percent were traveling below 26 miles per hour.
Based on the study on Carey Road, 71.7 percent of traffic traveled less than 51 miles per hour and 28.4 percent of all traffic traveled at a speed greater than 51 miles per hour.
Neither road was posted, so a speed limit of 50 miles per hour governed, Public Works Director John Tustin told the Worcester County Commissioners during their Sept. 18 meeting in Snow Hill. He recommended that each road be posted with speed limits of 30 miles per hour and the commissioners voted to approve his request.