CASEY: Is 35 mph too fast in a Montgomery County neighborhood? | Local News
Locke White is a full-time independent inventor. In an upcoming column, I’ll tell you more about his latest creation and a career full of ups, downs, and almost daily rejection from corporate America.
In the meantime, we’ll cover one of his favorite topics – vehicle speed on a narrow, winding residential street in Montgomery County.
This is Deercroft Drive, where White and his wife, Pam Parker-White, have lived for about 10 years. It’s in a high rent area a little south and east of Blacksburg, just outside the city limits. For 1.8 miles, Deercroft passes wide, manicured lawns and painstakingly landscaped courtyards.
Sarcastically, White calls the street “Grand Prix Deercroft”. He even invited me to Blacksburg to drive him at 35 mph, the posted speed. It’s easier said than done.
Recently I have done several pirouettes along the route, from start to finish. From these, I concluded that 35mph is incredibly dangerous, especially on the top of Deercroft’s corkscrew. It’s one blind curve after another. Walking a dog there seems to be courting disaster.
Deercroft does not have sidewalks, cobblestone shoulders, or double yellow or white lines. But it’s wide enough that two cars heading in opposite directions can pass each other safely. Apart from that, there is another precious little coin on the road.