Speed limits on a few roads in Long Neck will be lowered, following complaints from residents about fast-moving traffic.
Delaware Department of Transportation officials, at a community safety meeting last week, announced that they will reduce speed limits from 50 mph to 45 mph on Mount Joy Road between Route 24 and Doc Frame Road, on Zoar Road between Speedway and Hollyville roads, on Harmons Hill Road/Phillips Branch between Hollyville and Hollymount, and on the entire corridor of Hollyville and Hollymount.
They will also investigate vegetation removal at Route 5 and Beaver Dam Road, and around signs at Hollyville and Hollymount, they said.
DelDOT officials made the announcements at the Aug. 20 meeting, held at Long Neck Elementary School, and said there have been more than 510 accidents — one deadly — in the Long Neck area during the past three years.
State Rep. Ruth Briggs King told the Coastal Point this week that residents are “concerned about the increase in traffic all the time — not just seasonally.”
“People are in a hurry to avoid congestion on John J. Williams, and they take alternate secondary roads, such as Mount Joy, Zoar and Hollyville. Major complaints are that people have difficulty getting out of their driveways or business locations on Long Neck Road. … The residents feel there is too much growth too fast and our roads are not designed for that much growth,” King said.
Sussex County Councilman Doug Hudson, who attended the meeting, told the Coastal Point he doesn’t hear many complaints from constituents about speeding in Long Neck, but he receives calls daily about the traffic congestion.
By Susan Canfora