DelDOT OKs 45 mph for US 113 within Dagsboro limits

DAGSBORO – Highway motorists will soon have to take their foot off the gas a bit when traveling DuPont Highway within the town limits of Dagsboro.

Dagsboro Police Chief Floyd Toomey reported at Dagsboro’s town council meeting Monday night that Delaware’s Department of Transportation has approved the town’s formal request to lower the speed limit from 55 miles per hour to 45 mph for that area of U.S. 113.

“It’s is now official. We have the signed documents from DelDOT indicating that that speed will be reduced,” Chief Toomey said.

The documents from the DelDOT Traffic Section were signed Aug. 17.

That is about a month after town council supported the lower-speed limit push supported by Chief Toomey that was precipitated in part by the Becker Morgan architectural firm in its plans for the relocation of the Royal Farms at the intersection of U.S. 113 and Clayton Street (SR 26).

“It will cover that light and that was one of my concerns,” said Chief Toomey.

Concerns focused on safety. Access to the Royal Farms includes a 290-foot right turn lane off northbound U.S. 113 but there are no plans for a dedicated acceleration lane for motorists exiting the convenience store onto DuPont Boulevard.

“You’ve had collisions at that intersection before. Normally, it’s because of someone not paying attention coming out of Clayton, trying to merge where there is no merge lane now or anything,” said Chief Toomey at the July council meeting. “At least there would be a turn lane there that they could get over and get out of the way. When we reduce that speed to 45 mph rather than 55, which everybody is going 65 … I actually think it’s a safer situation, from what I can see.”

Basically, the 45 mph speed limit will govern the town limits on both northbound and southbound lanes of U.S. 113.

In Millsboro and Selbyville, the current speed limit is 50 mph on US 113.

Once all signage is in place, the town police force intends to implement a 30-day warning – or grace – period to allow motorists to acclimate to that new lower speed, Chief Toomey said.

“That is what we are going to do,” said Chief Toomey. “We want to make sure it’s fair and everybody has knowledge of it.”

Signs – a dozen in all – have been ordered. They will be shipped to DelDOT’s South District sign shop and subsequently installed.

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