Speed limit may be reduced where Guilford runner was killed

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation is recommending decreasing the speed limit on North Church Street in Guilford County from Air Harbor Road to Tesi Court.

If it were to go forward, the recommendation would change the speed limit from 50 mph to 45 mph.

This comes just weeks after the death of runner Pat Crockett who was hit by a car and later died from his injuries.

The agency conducted a study of the area after Crockett’s death and is recommending the speed adjustment as a way to help address curves and issues with sight distance.

People who ride and walk the nearby trails say something needs to be done to address cars traveling at high rates of speed.

“You enforce it and people will start cooperating,” trail rider, Peter Ustach, said.

However, walker Julie Hocevar is not as convinced that a 5 mph change will be enough of a deterrent.

Hocevar went on to say that there should be a reduction in speed combined with drivers being more mindful of the people they share a space with.

“The fact is we need to have more knowledge and acknowledgment of all the trails around here,” she said.

Other recommendations being considered are rumble strips, enhanced signage and enhanced markings.

DOT leaders plan to meet with the representatives from the City of Greensboro and the city’s Parks and Recreation Department regarding improvements.

The speed limit will likely change by May 1.

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