DOBSON — Motorists driving along Zephyr Road in Dobson may find their commute taking just a little bit longer now — or they may run the risk of finding themselves with a speeding ticket.
That’s because the Dobson Board of Commissioners, upon the recommendation of Town Manager Josh Smith, voted to change the speed limit on a portion of Zephyr Road.
Commissioners unanimously approved dropping the speed limit from 55 mph to 45 mph on Zephyr Road. The area of the road that will be affected by the change will be the stretch between the I-77 northbound ramp and Mayview Lane.
Smith cited the businesses and resulting traffic that surrounds the interchange as the reason for enacting the lower speed limit. After the meeting Smith said that the Dobson Streets Department will post new speed limit signs on the road. Smith said that, depending on the availability of the signs, the process will take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks.
In other business Town Clerk Misty Marion provided commissioners with a recreation update. Marion once again pointed to the town’s movie nights in the Dobson Square Park as being major successes. Marion also told commissioners that events were planned at the park throughout the remainder of the summer.
According to Marion the next event to which the park will play host will be on Aug. 4, when the town will take part in “National Night Out.” According to the “National Night Out” website, the event is held in hopes of promoting better relationships between members of the community and first responders such as police officers.
Marion said a showing of the movie The Incredibles, which is rated PG, will follow the event.
Town Manager Josh Smith also had an update for the board regarding the new Dobson Square Park. At a prior meeting Dobson commissioners authorized Smith to purchase fencing to run along the road nearest the park’s playground and around the splash-pad.
Smith told commissioners that, with the exception of a gate that will be installed next week, the fencing along West Atkins Street had been installed. Smith said that the town would wait about five weeks to install the fencing around the splash-pad, telling commissioners that he “would rather wait until the season was over.”
In a subsequent interview Smith said that the total cost of the commercial grade fencing was about $10,000, which includes all labor and materials.
Andy Winemiller is a staff reporter at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or [email protected]