Speed limit to be reduced on Catfish Lake Road

Published: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 03:28 PM.

“There has been a reoccurring theme of crashes because people are going way too fast on the road,” he said. “So this is a trial to see if we can get people to drive more responsibly.”

Catfish Lake Road cuts through the Croatan National Forest. The 15-mile roadway has more than 12 miles that are unpaved.

The roadway has been used as a shortcut for motorists traveling between Havelock and Cherry Point to Jacksonville and Camp Lejeune. The deaths of Marines on the road prompted Marine leadership to ban personnel from using the road unless for recreational purposes in 2010.

“This will be the first for us in this division to have a speed limit on a dirt road,” said Chad T. Mills, a DOT transportation supervisor who will be leading the placement of 44 speed limit signs on the road beginning Tuesday.

According to Hamilton, the cost of the signs is $4,000.

The signs will be placed back-to-back on poles staggered ever mile alternating on the left and right sides of the road. A supplemental sign will be added to the pole facing oncoming traffic that will read “Entire Road.”

“If everybody pays attention to the signs and runs at the appropriate speed, there should be no problems, but when people come out here and speed excessively, then that could be a problem,” Mills said. “We can only put the ordinance in and put the signs up, but it’s going to be up to the local law enforcement to enforce it. They can come in here and write tickets once we get it in place.”

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