Thirty-three years ago, I moved with my family that included two young children onto Murdock Avenue, a narrow, cut-through street between Charlotte and Merrimon in North Asheville. Murdock is also a route for folks to get to Weaver Park and Claxton Elementary School.
At the time, the speed limit was 35 miles per hour. Cars were constantly clocked going 45, 50 and higher. Murdock had no sidewalks or speed humps, and parking was allowed on one side of the street.
I petitioned the city to lower the speed limit to 25, and thankfully, that was done, though speeding continued to be a serious problem. Later, sidewalks were installed on one side of the street, and years later, speed humps were added, though those humps are pitiful in comparison to others in the city.
Recently, I noticed that the speed limit on North Charlotte Street had been lowered to 25. A significant stretch of this street is almost entirely a business strip with four lanes, sidewalks on both sides of the street and no on-street parking. Murdock continues to be an entirely residential street, including a new generation of families with young children. It doesn’t make sense that these two roads qualify for the same speed limit. I spoke to a city traffic engineer, who said that he would encourage the police to send out a car to monitor our traffic. This has yet to be done.
Considering the amount of cars that travel Murdock, the narrowness of the street and the residents who live here, I ask the city to lower our speed limit, too. Thank you.
— Anne Craig