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City Council reduces speed limit to 45 mph on 3 Fayetteville roads

Parts of Cliffdale Road, Pamalee Drive and Stoney Point Road are affected


Drivers on parts of Cliffdale Road, Pamalee Drive and Stoney Point Road will have to slow down soon to avoid risking a speeding ticket.

The Fayetteville City Council has approved reducing the speed limit to 45 mph on parts of those three streets.

The council voted to ask the state Department of Transportation to lower the speed limit to 45 mph on these stretches of roadway:

  • Cliffdale Road between Raeford and Reilly roads.
  • Pamalee Drive and Country Club Drive between Bragg Boulevard and Ramsey Street.
  • Stoney Point Road between Dundle Road and the Hoke County line.

In a procedural move, council members asked that the speed-limit items be pulled from Monday’s consent agenda so they could be discussed in open session.

Lee Jernigan, traffic engineer with the city’s Traffic Services Division, addressed their questions.

Councilwoman Yvonne Kinston asked about her request in February 2021 to study the speed limit on Cliffdale Road.

“So far since then, we have gotten streetlights and reflectors on the road, and here we are tonight with an update on the study. I would like you to go over what’s being done,” Kinston said.

Jernigan said the request for a study was submitted to N.C. DOT, which recommended lowering the speed limit between Reilly and Raeford roads from 50 mph to 45 mph.

Kinston asked the council to approve lowering the speed limit to 45 mph, and the council agreed unanimously.

“Cliffdale has been on the radar for a long time, so it looks like we’re moving in the right direction,” Mayor Mitch Colvin said.

Councilman D.J. Haire said he had made a request to DOT to lower the limit on Pamalee and Skibo roads to Ramsey Street.

“It’s somewhat of the same concern,” Haire said.

“That speed there, which is surrounded by neighborhoods and schools, (is) at 50 mph. I wanted 40,” Haire said. “But maybe I didn’t say 40. But I got 45, so I’m thankful (it was lowered) from 50 to 45.”

Jernigan said the limit would be lowered from 50 mph to 45 mph on Pamalee Drive from the overpass at Bragg Boulevard to east of Ramsey Street.

The council unanimously approved Haire’s request for the change.

Councilman Chris Davis asked Jernigan to elaborate on the request to lower the speed limit on Stoney Point Road.

“Help us understand what we’re doing in terms of reduction,” Davis said.

DOT reviewed that request and recommended the speed limit be lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph between Dundle Road and the Hoke County line, Jernigan said.

People who live in that area understand there have been many accidents in that part of the city, Davis said.

He asked that the request be approved; and his motion passed unanimously.

Michael Futch covers Fayetteville and education for CityView TODAY. He can be reached at mfutch@cityviewnc.com. Have a news tip? Email news@CityViewTODAY.com.

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