HICKORY, N.C. -- The speed limit will be reduced to 45 mph along a section of U.S. 321 through Hickory later this week.
The section of U.S. 321 that will be reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph is between the bridge that crosses over the Catawba River to 2nd Avenue, NW and U.S. 321 intersection (McDonald’s and Hams Restaurant).
The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to put the new speed limit signs up on Wednesday, weather permitting.
"The City of Hickory requested the reduction in the speed limit along this area on U.S. 321 due to congestion, number of driveway access points, and the new intersection connecting Clement Boulevard," said City of Hickory Public Services Director Chuck Hansen. "The speed limit reduction is a preventive measure which we hope will enhance safety for motorists traveling through Hickory on U.S. 321. A section of U.S. 321 in Hickory is already 45 mph, and this change lengthens the 45 mph section."