Kelly Drive Speed Limit Reduced To 25 mph In Philadelphia

December 10, 2023 by No Comments

In a controversial policy change, the speed limit of Kelly Drive has been reduced from 35mph to just 25mph.

The 35mph speed limit had stood for over a decade, with the average speed of vehicles taking this route clocking in at 54.8mph. With that being said, it makes sense that the PennDOT had to do something about a road that is both crucial for motorists in terms of navigating the city, as well as stopping cars from hitting pedestrians and motorcyclists.

The whole route of Kelly Drive extends for approximately 8 miles along the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River, running from the Fairmount Water Works in Center City Philadelphia to the northwestern section of the city.

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This now means that if you were to drive the entire route at the limit of 25mph, this would take you approximately 19 minutes, at the previous speed limit of 35mph, this would have taken just under 14 minutes, adding 5 minutes to journey times.

Some residents were pleased with the change as there have been a number of deaths and car crashes along this stretch of road, whereas others already thought that 35mph was slow enough and making the road 25mph will annoy motorists, as well as be difficult to enforce.

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