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Councilwoman wants speed limit lowered on Greenville roadway

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - The speed limit of a dangerous roadway is up for discussion at Thursday night's Greenville city council meeting.
     
Councilwoman Marion Blackburn is requesting to change the speed limit on East 10th Street to 35 miles per hour. And further down where it turns into a 55 mile per hour zone, she'd like to see it lowered to 45 miles per hour.
     
Blackburn says the current conditions are just way too dangerous.

Earlier today, 9 On Your Side spotted people trying to cross the street, getting from their homes to the store, and for some it took way too long.
     
Since it’s a state roadway, it’s up to the Department of Transportation to change the speed.
     
NCDOT suggests conducting a study before they consider it. But Blackburn says she's against that idea.

“A study does not fix a problem,” said Marion Blackburn, Greenville councilwoman. “A study does not save a life that needs saving right now. We have dangerous conditions right now, today, every day.

“When it was 45 a long time ago, nobody obeyed it,” said Steve Hamilton, NCDOT. “They're all running 55 plus miles an hour. If you falsely reduce the speed limit down to a level where nobody obeys it, then sometimes, that actually causes more safety problems.”

Tonight, the issue will come up before the Greenville City Council. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at city hall.
     
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