SHA de­nies speed limit re­duc­tion in Centreville

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — In a let­ter dated May 10, the State High­way Ad­min­is­tra­tion no­ti­fied the Town of Centreville that it will not be al­ter­ing the speed limit on MD 213 near Tay­lor Mill Road as re­quested by the town and its cit­i­zens.

Af­ter con­duct­ing a traf­fic study and re­view, which ex­am­ined speed, crashes, vol­ume data, traf­fic de­lays and sight dis­tances, SHA found that “the road­way is rel­a­tively straight with good sight dis­tance to and from the in­ter­sec­tion as well as along the cor­ri­dor,” wrote Greg Holsey, district two en­gi­neer with SHA.

Hav­ing re­viewed the past three years of data, no crashes were re­ported at Tay­lor Mill Road, which leads to the en­trance to Symphony Vil­lage. Symphony Vil­lage is a res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity avail­able to res­i­dents age 55 and older. The study also found that of the crashes along the MD 213 cor­ri­dor in town, none of the crashes were re­lated to speed.

Holsey said the in­stal­la­tion of a stop light at the in­ter­sec­tion is not rec­om­mended at this time be­cause “the traf­fic vol­umes are below the min­i­mal cri­te­ria for a traf­fic sig­nal, there are no crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion, sight dis­tance is good to and from the in­ter­sec­tion, and there is min­i­mal de­lay.”

Res­i­dents of the town spoke out dur­ing the March 24 Centreville Town Coun­cil meet­ing to re­quest a speed limit re­duc­tion from 50 mph to 35 mph from the US 301 and MD 213 in­ter­sec­tion to the Food Lion shop­ping cen­ter. Cit­i­zens stated that due to slower re­sponse times, among other con­cerns, some res­i­dents of Symphony Vil­lage feared pulling out into on­com­ing traf­fic.

Dur­ing the March 24 meet­ing, Jeff Wentz, SHA district two traf­fic en­gi­neer who at­tended the meet­ing, said the ad­min­is­tra­tion sets a speed limit us­ing the 85 per­centile speed guide­line. The guide­line is “the speed at or below which 85 per­cent of the mo­torists drive on a given road when un­af­fected by slower traf­fic or poor weather,” SHA’s web­site states. “This speed in­di­cates the speed that most mo­torists on that road con­sider safe and rea­son­able un­der ideal con­di­tions.

Centreville Town Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Tim McCluskey asked the town to write a let­ter back to the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­quest­ing in­for­ma­tion about the 85 per­centile data as it was not ref­er­enced in SHA’s let­ter to the town.

Coun­cil­man Jim Beauchamp talked about the pos­si­bil­ity of co­or­di­nat­ing the sig­nals at the US 301 and MD 213 in­ter­sec­tion with the sig­nal at Cour­se­vall Drive to al­low for a larger gap be­tween cars so res­i­dents have more time to pull out into the in­ter­sec­tion.

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PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Symphony Vil­lage res­i­dents re­quested dur­ing the Thurs­day, March 24, Centreville Town Coun­cil meet­ing a speed limit re­duc­tion from 50 mph to 35 mph along a seg­ment of State Route 213 near Tay­lor Mill Road.

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