35 mph speed limit will promote safety
RALEIGH - Motorists traveling on Catfish Lake Road in Craven and Jones counties need to watch their speed. Weather permitting, speed limit signs will be placed along the approximately 15 miles of roadway on Tuesday, March 18, officially reducing the speed limit from 55 miles per hour to 35 mph.
The secondary road is in the Croatan National Forest and often used as a shortcut between Havelock in Craven County and Maysville in Jones County. It connects U.S. 70 and U.S. 58.
From 2009 through 2013, Catfish Lake Road has made the headlines several times for severe and fatal crashes. Over that 5-year period, there have been 90crashes with 7 fatalities and 48 injuries.
"Safety is our top priority at NCDOT," said John Rouse, N.C. Department of Transportation Division 2 engineer. "Reducing the speed limit along this road will help protect motorists."
Law enforcement officers will patrol the area, and motorists who do not comply with the new speed limit may be cited. In addition, NCDOT encourages drivers to stay alert and pay attention while traveling through the area.