Drivers speed through neighborhood detour

Drivers speed through neighborhood detour

People living on a stretch of Route 2 in Montpelier say the number of cars speeding down that road has increased dramatically. Police say an I-89 detour is to blame for the increased traffic along the section of Route 2 west of Bailey Avenue.
Montpelier, VT- People living on a stretch of Route 2 in Montpelier say the number of cars speeding down that road has increased dramatically.
Police say an I-89 detour is to blame for the increased traffic along the section of Route 2 west of Bailey Avenue. The speed limit in that area is just 25 miles per hour and neighbors say drivers speeding through that stretch of the road is not safe.
“It’s dangerous, definitely,” said Ted Nathanson, who lives on Route 2 in Montpelier.
For the past year Nathanson says the number of people speeding on the road has increased.
“I mean 25 is slow, go 30, 35, but you know the people who are going 55 miles an hour there’s no need for that,” said Nathanson.
Now with the I-89 northbound ramp closed due to construction, Route 2 is part of the detour to get back onto the highway.
And since that ramp closed Nathanson says there are even more people traveling on Route 2 and more people speeding.
“It’s not safe, I mean when I walk the dogs I don’t feel safe,” said Nathanson.
Police say it's common to catch speeders in this area but with the increased traffic police have increased patrol.
“They'll get people every two minutes. It’s nonstop. It’s not an isolated thing, one person here one person there. It’s every other car someone’s flying,” said Nathanson.
On Sunday, in just 20 minutes police pulled over six people; one person was even going 21 miles an hour over the speed limit.
“It’s just not safe,” said Nathanson.
And neighbors are concerned.
“People that are going that fast can't react in time,” said Nathanson.
Nathanson says many people bike, walk, or jog in the area and families have small children.
While nothing tragic has happened yet, Nathanson says it could be just a matter of time.
“Slow down! 25 is slow but you don't need to go 50,” said Nathanson.
But there could be an end in sight. Police say the I-89 northbound ramp should re-open at the end of the month.


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