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Neighbors Calling for Speed Reduction on Route 24

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MILLSBORO, Del. - At the Plantation Lakes development in Millsboro, neighbors are calling for something to be done about a speed problem in their neighborhood. Since May a coalition of neighbors have been at ends with the Delaware Department of Transportation over speed limits.

The development is adjacent to Route 24, west of Route 113. Route 24 -a state-controlled road - is 35 miles per hour or below as it leaves the town of Millsboro, but just before the development, that speed jumps up to 50 mph. Many neighbors in the area are calling for a reduction of the speed limit to 35 mph instead.

The most recent car accident in that location was in the week after Thanksgiving when a car came skidding across the front lawn of Larry Joseph. WBOC met up with Joseph on his lawn Wednesday afternoon, who said he's lost eight mailboxes to car accidents.

"As you can see people come around this curve pretty fast..." he said pointing out at the street. "It just get's worse every year."

The coalition of neighbors is lead by Plantation Lakes resident Neil Dickerson. He said the community needs DelDOT's help.

"We've been working with DelDOT for about seven months," he said. "And they promised us that they would do a re-evaluation on this issue here. And they haven't."

DelDOT told WBOC that lowering the speed limit without adequate cause would be dangerous. Jim Westhoff of the department said that a previous study of the location demonstrated that a decrease wasn't necessary.

"Just by itself," he said. "Lowering the speed limit does not make the road more safe. In fact it makes the road more dangerous... The reason it makes the roads more dangerous is that we have a mix of vehicles traveling at very different speeds. And it creates accidents."

Dickerson said that they requested that DelDOT do a second traffic study months ago, but he said that at this point, no study has been done. However Westhoff told WBOC that they have now committed to a meeting with Dickerson in the new year, to discuss some possible solutions on Route 24.

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