(Atlantic) Motorists traveling 22nd street in Atlantic may be faced with a lower speed limit sometime in the near future.
The Atlantic City Council vote on the first reading of an ordinance amending the speed limit on 22nd Street from Highway 71 to Highway 6, from 45-miles per hour to 35-miles per hour. Chief Green says the hilly terrain tends to hide driveways along this section of road making a 45-mile per hour speed unsafe.
Chief Green says he conducted a 48-hour survey of 22nd Street both east and west of Chestnut Street and found that the average speed of vehicles was 37-miles per hour. He says the safety standard used by traffic engineer’s sets speed limits at the 85th percentile of those vehicles traveling on that section of road. The exact speed was not released, but it would be somewhat higher than the 37 miles per hour speed traveled by the 50th percentile.
Chief Green says his recommendation takes into account that people often exceed the posted speed limit.
The Atlantic City Council is expected to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
January 30, 2012