Goodwin Administration prioritizes Roadway Safety

Charleston City Council approved a measure aimed at creating safer roadways throughout the Capital City. The speed on roadways that do not have posted speed limits will be lowered from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. The measure was passed in an effort to enhance public safety and create uniformity throughout the city.

“Roadway safety, especially in high-traffic areas like our parks & recreation facilities, is of the utmost importance,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin. “We need to help ensure the safety of folks who live, work and play in the Capital City.”

In addition, Charleston City Council approved bills creating 15 miles per hour speed limit zones in the areas directly in front of the City of Charleston’s community centers: North Charleston Community Center, Kanawha City Community Center, Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, and Roosevelt Neighborhood Center.

“While these community centers may not always function as schools, it is clear that we need to have slower traffic where our children are playing,” said Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin.

The changes also created new authority for the Director of Traffic to designate the maximum speed for specific city streets or portions of streets and to update official traffic control signs upon the approval of the Planning, Streets and Traffic Committee of Charleston City Council, as long as the full City Council hasn’t stated otherwise by ordinance.

These ordinances will go into effect on Saturday, November 9, 2019.