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Speed Limits on Route 24 Near Millsboro Changed

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MILLSBORO, Del.– The Delaware Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced that the speed limit for a few miles on Route 24, west of Millsboro, will be reduced from 50 miles per hour to 45 miles per hour.

DelDOT officials said the catalyst for this change was the request from residents of Plantations Lake, who requested that the department conduct a speed study to determine if the existing 50 mph speed limit can be reduced. Conducted by DelDOT's traffic section, engineers completed field observations, examined crash reports for the last three years, and collected radar data on this section of roadway.

Officials said that as a result of those studies, DelDOT has determined that to increase the safety and efficiency of that area of road, the speed limit will be reduced on this section of Millsboro Highway to 45 mph from a point just west of Godwin School Road to the point at which the speed limit will transition to 25 mph within the Millsboro town limits.

The traffic study also compiled accident data for that stretch of highway.

DelDOT noted there were 10 crashes on that section of highway in the past three years:

- Three were collisions with deer

- Three crashes were with a fixed object that were the result of the driver losing control of the vehicle and exiting the roadway (one DUI, two fell asleep).

- Three rear-end collisions

- One caused by a vehicle stopped for wildlife

- One dropped phone

- One struck the rear of a stopped school bus.

- One side-swipe crash caused by inattentive driving

Officials said it will likely take three to four weeks for the speed limit signs to be changed, due to regulatory requirements.

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