Drivers on a section of Ballenger Creek Pike may have to hit the brakes soon, as the county prepares to reduce the speed limit on the stretch of road.
The speed limit will be dropped from 40 mph to 35 mph on about 3 miles of the road, from just north of Crestwood Boulevard to Elmer Derr Road, beginning June 24.
A recent speed study at Lambert Drive recently found that speeds in the area were more than the posted limits, Washington said.
The speed limit in school zones at arrival and dismissal times will also be reduced, from 35 mph to 30 mph.
The area is home to Tuscarora High School, Ballenger Creek Middle School and Tuscarora Elementary School.
Once the change goes into effect, plaques will be added above the speed limit signs at major intersections for several months to draw attention to the change, said Thomas Washington, project manager for the Frederick County Office of Transportation Engineering.
The change will help create more consistency between Ballenger Creek Pike, New Design Road and English Muffin Way in the area, Washington said.
The Ballenger Creek Pike corridor has had a lot of development, he said.
Tuscarora High School also means there are many student drivers in the area, he said.