Sign of the season as N.C. 12 speed limits change

Workers changing out a speed limit sign in Avon. [Island Free Press photo]

In the surest sign the tourist season is here, N.C. Department of Transportation crews are in the process of changing the speed limit signs along sections of Highway 12 for the summer in parts of Dare and Currituck counties.

On Saturday, the speed limits in areas through the tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo, as well as in Duck, Corolla and Frisco drop from 45 mph to 35 mph to account for more vehicle and pedestrian traffic during the summer months.

Speed limits also drop in congested areas of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, such as the area just north of Oregon Inlet and the area near the Haulover Parking Lot south of Avon.

“This is the time of year when motorists on the Outer Banks need to be keenly aware of additional bikes, pedestrians and cars,” said NCDOT Division Engineer Sterling Baker. “They should drive with caution and obey the posted speed limits in order to keep everyone safe on and along Highway 12 this summer.”

The seasonal speed limits remain in effect through Sept. 15.

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