Time to readjust your driving habits: speed limits in downtown Crozet have changed. The 25-mile-per-hour speed limit zones that used to affect only the Starr Hill/Music Today and Mountainside areas have been expanded into one longer zone, now extending from Oak Drive on Crozet Ave. through the four-way stop to Parkview Drive on Three Notch’d Rd.
“This speed limit zone extension was put in place to slow traffic down and improve safety in an area that has increased vehicle traffic and many pedestrian crossings,” explained Will Merritt, Communications Coordinator with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)’s Culpeper District. “This change was made in the interests of safety due to increased commercial and residential development in this area.”
A traffic study was completed in mid-September in response to a citizen request to the Albemarle County Police Department, Merritt explained. After reviewing the results, VDOT determined that a speed limit reduction (from the previous 35 mph) was indeed warranted. The plan was approved and passed on to its traffic engineering section for implementation. Signage was installed in late October, and remains under review. “We did not issue a press release,” Merritt continued. “Typically, new signage is the primary communication we use to inform the public of a new traffic pattern. Drivers should pay attention to the signs and other street markings to keep their speed within legal limits.”