Speed Limit Reduced Along Route 1 in College Park

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File photo of a crosswalk. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

File photo of a crosswalk. (credit: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

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LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – More than a dozen signs have been installed along a busy stretch of U.S. Route 1 in College Park to enhance pedestrian safety.

The improvements follow several incidents this year along the heavily-traveled road near the University of Maryland.

A drunken driver was charged earlier this month in a hit-and-run collision that killed a 21-year-old woman on Route 1. A University of Maryland student was killed in a hit-and-run collision just one block away from the crash in January.

The speed limit has been lowered between Guilford Road-Guilford Drive and Berwyn Road from 30 mph to 25 mph.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said in a statement Wednesday that the new speed limit is aimed at making drivers more attentive to pedestrians.

Local and University of Maryland police officers will enforce the new speed limit, officials say. The College Park City Council recently approved expanded use of speed cameras to seven days a week, 24 hours a day along Route 1.

The speed limit signs are one of several new steps to enhance pedestrian safety along Route 1, also known as Baltimore Avenue.

“These engineering enhancements are a step in the right direction and we’re counting on drivers and pedestrians to make good decisions and follow laws,” said State Highway Administration Administrator Melinda B. Peters. “It is critical to look up, stay alert, use marked crosswalks and follow the pedestrian signal indications. At the same time, we remind drivers to be alert along U.S. 1 – to follow the posted speed limit and stop for pedestrians.”

By the end of August, officials say a temporary fence will be installed along the median of Route 1 between Knox and Hartwick roads to deter mid-block pedestrian crossings. An overhead flashing pedestrian signal will be installed by late October at the Route 1 and Hartwick Road intersection.

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