(Atlantic) The speed limit on West 22nd Street from Highway 71 to Highway 6, may not be reduced from 45-mph to 35-mph after all. The Atlantic City Council tabled the second reading of the new ordinance Wednesday night.
Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones says some constituents want to keep it at 45 miles per hour at least for part of the route. “Some people want the speed limit to be 45-miles per hour from Palm Street to Highway 6. Chief says of you reduce the speed limit by 10-miles per hour on that same stretch of road and someone gets a ticket the first thought is “Speed Trap.”
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green believes that the hilly terrain tends to hide driveways along this section of road making a 45-mph speed unsafe. Green conducted a 48 hour survey of 22nd street both east of Olive and west of Chestnut Street and found that the average speed of vehicles was 37mph. The safety standard used by traffic engineers set speed limits at the 85th percentile of those vehicles traveling on that section of road.
Chief Green’s said that his recommendation takes onto consideration that people often exceed the posted speed limit.
February 16, 2012