Speed limits reduced at Assateague Island National Seashore

BERLIN, Md. – The National Park Service has announced lower vehicular speed limits on several portions of Bayberry Drive within Assateague Island National Seashore.

Effective immediately, the speed limit is now 15 mph for the portion of Bayberry Drive starting shortly north of the park entrance sign, through the bicycle/pedestrian crossing at Oceanside Drive. This section includes the entrance station booths, the entrance/exits to the North Beach Campground and Ranger Station, and the intersections between Bayberry Drive, Bayside Drive, and Oceanside Drive.

The 15 mph speed limit area at the end of Bayberry Drive has also been expanded and now includes the approaches to the traffic circle, the circle itself, and the approaches to the Oversand Vehicle Zone entrance.

We’re told these changes were made to increase safety in the most congested area of the park. In these areas, traffic interacts with large numbers of bicycles and pedestrians, in addition to the possibility of wildlife (horses, deer, etc.), golf carts, ATVs, UTVs, park maintenance vehicles, and vehicles making U-turns. The congestion and complex traffic flow of these areas makes them potentially very dangerous.

Visitors are reminded that the speed limit on Oceanside Drive is still 15 mph and the limit inside the campground loops is 10 mph. The maximum speed limit anywhere within the park is 25 mph. Visitors should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, bicycles, and wildlife.

Visitors are also urged to stay within all posted speed limits and exercise extreme caution at night and in periods of low visibility due to fog or rain.

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