When Belmont’s Traffic Moves Too Quickly

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Belmont's Speeding

Typically, when we think of Belmont’s traffic problems, we think of congestion, particularly on the city’s main roads – South Point, Wilkinson Blvd, etc. However, there’s another side to this problem that may not seem immediately obvious – speeding.

What happens is that once the main roads start to back up (especially at rush hour), people start looking for alternate routes, which usually involves frustrated commuters cutting through adjoining neighborhoods (and often at high rates of speed). Julia Avenue is one street that recently received some attention around this, but I’ve met with a lot of concerned residents who have told me that this is a problem in a lot of neighborhoods throughout the city.

And it’s really a safety issue. In a lot of the areas where this is a problem, the speed limit is only 35 mph (and sometimes only 20 mph), which is generally what you want in a relatively quiet residential area where people are out walking, kids are playing in the street, etc. However, if a car comes through that area at even 45 or 50 mph, that creates some significant risks for people who may just be out enjoying their neighborhoods.

As Belmont’s traffic gets worse, I would expect that problems like this will only continue to increase. But this is all the more reason why we need to be fully considering the impacts of development on our community before we green-light them. We need to be recognizing not only the initial impacts to congestion on our main thoroughfares, but also the secondary impacts on the neighborhoods that feed into them. One development doesn’t just impact one neighborhood, it ripples throughout the entire city.

The son of teachers, Marc grew up in Raleigh and graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a degree in Economics. He is the senior claims data analyst in the Business Intelligence unit for a national insurance carrier, while also operating a small rental business with his wife, Cherry.

1 thought on “When Belmont’s Traffic Moves Too Quickly

  1. Speeding on Armstrong Ford Road is and has been unchecked by Belmont police, Cramerton police, County Police, and State police for many consecutive years. A speed limit change from 35 mph south of the South Fork River to 45 mph north of the South Fork River extending a short distance to the Timberlake Subdivision is driven at speeds exceeding 45 mph by large commercial vehicles ands car that fail to reduce speed to 35 mph after Timberlake subdivision all the way to Eagle Road. This condition exist for both directions of travel. Property damage and vehicle accidents are numerous on this section of thruway. As a matter of public safety the short section posted at 45 mph should be reduced to 35 mph and policed to enforced the change.

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