10/05/04 — Speed limit cut on Central Heights Road

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Speed limit cut on Central Heights Road

By Barbara Arntsen
Published in News on October 5, 2004 2:01 PM

If you're thinking about driving 45 on Central Heights Road, think again.

The City Council reduced the speed limit Monday on a portion of the road from 45 to 35 mph, at the request of the state Transportation Department.

The city asked the DOT to look at the speed limit on Central Heights Road. "Some of the council had received complaints about the speed on that road for the amount of traffic," said City Manager Richard Slozak.

Once the DOT conducted its traffic study, it found that the speed limit was above state standards for the traffic flow.

The speed limit on Central Heights Road was 35 mph from Berkeley Boulevard to just north of Oak Forest Road. At that point, it switched to 45 mph until just south of Langston Road. That stretch was interrupted by a 25-mph zone at Eastern Wayne Middle School.

The council voted to extend the 35-mph speed limit on Central Heights Road from Berkeley Boulevard to a point just north of New Hope Road. It left intact a 25-mph zone around the school.

In other matters the council did the following:

*Approved rezoning the north side of Elm Street between George Street and the Seaboard Coastline Railroad from office and institutional to central business district.

*Approved rezoning the western terminus of Dogwood Street between Teakwood Drive and Jefferson Street from R-12 residential to R-9 residential.

*Approved a subdivision plat and site plan for Kingston Place Subdivision. The 94-lot development will be built on the north side of Patetown Road between Industry Court and New Hope Road.

*Approved a final subdivision plat for property belonging to Gerald T. Mozingo. The plat splits one lot into two lots.

*Held a public hearing on a contiguous annexation request for a portion of Titleist Drive, west of Salem Church Road. No one spoke at the hearing, and the council then voted to annex the property.

*Mayor Al King recognized the Goldsboro Fire Department for helping raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In its "pass the boot" collection effort, the department raised more than $6,000 for the organization. King also proclaimed October as Firefighter Appreciation Month.

After the meeting, the council met in closed session to discuss two matters of litigation, one matter of property acquisition and one personnel matter.