(Atlantic) The Atlantic City Council set November 20 as the date for a public forum in relation to a petition to reduce the speed limit from 45-35 miles per hour on a stretch of 22nd Street. The Community Protection Committee is recommending that the speed limit be lowered from Chestnut to Palm Street, but the council will have to hear from the public before they decide.
Atlantic City Councilman Dana Halder doesn’t agree. He says he assumes that the majority of the petitioners live there and it is a safety situation for them and it would be for him too.
“However, it is a fair distance from one section to the other and there are not a lot of driveways,” stated Halder. “I believe some of this was covered when that subdivision was put in with turn around lanes in their driveways. So people don’t have to back out onto that street and they can turn around in their driveway and drive out.”
Keith Harlan lives on 300th East 22nd Street and has lived there for sixteen years. He noticed that since the new pavement was put in the traffic is moving faster.
“My personal concern is that when I come out of my driveway, which lays a little over the east side of the hill, and I look, and pull out, at least a couple times of week I will get to the bottom of that hill and somebody will be right on my bumper.” Said Harlan.
According to a traffic study on this street that serves as a major collector street, it was found that this section of roadway was adequately designed to handle the current speed limit with 85-percent of drivers traveling at 45 mph on this stretch of road, which is a standard indicator of a safe travel speed. In addition, Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green confirmed that there has not been a problem with traffic accidents on this section of the street.
The public is invited to a public forum at the next council meeting slated for November 20 at 5:30 p.m.
November 8, 2012
8:00 a.m. news