PILOT MOUNTAIN — Residents may notice new signage on Dodson Mill Road after a recent request to lower the speed limit was approved.
Residents have been registering complaints with town officials for months concerning the speed limit on the road.
However, the town’s hands were tied according to Town Manager Michael Boaz.
“We need to file a request to the Department of Transportation,” Boaz explained to the Town’s Board of Commissioners during February’s Board of Commissioners meeting.
“I think we should do it,” said Gary Bell, commissioner. “It’s something that needs to be done, there is a lot of people who walk up Dodson to get to Main Street.”
Following instruction of the board, Boaz filed a formal request for the speed limit to be lowered from 35 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.
On May 8, during a regularly scheduled board meeting, Boaz notified the Board that the D.O.T. approved the request from the town.
“The only thing I need you to do is vote to approve the change,” explained Boaz.
Unanimously, the board voted to approved the new speed limit.
“It’s in the interest of pedestrian safety,” remarked Evan Cockerham, commissioner.
Concern arose though once Commissioner Linda Needham questioned the amount of time it would take for the Department of Transportation to install the new signage.
Chief of Police Darryl Bottoms explained that until the new signs were erected, “We really can’t enforce it yet.”
Boaz explained that he has yet to hear from the state regarding when the signs will be placed.
Although the new signs have not been placed yet, town officials expressed hope that passing the newly lowered speed limit will bring awareness to safety concerns through the area.
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