Drivers on Route 114 in Sag Harbor Village will now have to travel more slowly, as the State Department of Transportation plans to reduce the speed limit there by 5 miles per hour.
State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who is also the Sag Harbor Village attorney, made a request to lower the speed limit in January 2015.
According to a release from Mr. Thiele’s office, the DOT studied accident data, speed and the road’s geometry and concluded that the speed limit should be reduced on both the northbound and southbound sides of Route 114 to 35 miles per hour, down from 40 miles per hour, from the southernmost line of Sag Harbor Village to Liberty Street.
Mr. Thiele said that although the speed limit has officially changed, it is not enforceable until the DOT puts up the sign, which he expects will be within the next few weeks.
DOT maintenance teams will also trim trees and shrubs that line Route 114 to make side streets more visible for drivers from a distance.
“Lowering the speed limit on Route 114 will help to protect pedestrians, cyclists and drivers as they enter the Village of Sag Harbor,” Mr. Thiele said. “I am pleased that the DOT investigation concluded the need for a speed limit decrease along this busy thoroughfare.”