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In the State of Maine, state law authorizes the Maine Department of Transportation as the only legal entity to create or change a speed limit. The Town is not able to change the legal speed limit on a roadway, only to modify/add regulatory signage to help enforce that speed limit.
Maine DOT establishes the speed limit within the Town of Brunswick. Maine DOT uses the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) as the guideline for setting speed limits, as that is the national standard published by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The short summary of how the speed limit is set is a speed study measures the average vehicular speed over a number of days, and then the speed limit is based on the average 85th percentile speed. The 85th percentile has been extensively studied to be the basis for setting a speed limit on a road segment. Additional factors such as driveway density, road geometry, and other characteristics are also considered. This is the standard traffic engineering process throughout the country.
If a citizen is concerned with altering the legal speed limit, they can speak with the Town Engineer's office who can arrange for a speed study. Then the summary of findings are provided to the town council. The town council can review the study and choose to formally ask Maine DOT to conduct a study to revaluate the posted speed limit. Please note that Maine DOT can say that their own study supports no change, that their study does recommend lowering the speed limit, and on rare occasion they have even actually raised a speed limit that was requested to be lowered based on their independent study.
For more information, please visit the Maine DOT’s posted speed limits at this website: https://data-hub.gpcog.org/datasets/cd73ea426c4f47689f1b5616069a6619_34/ and more general information here: https://www.maine.gov/mdot/mlrc/technical/trafficissues/
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A Street Opening Permit is required if you will be excavating with the town street right-of-way. This includes lawn areas, the public sidewalk or within the actual street bed. If you need to excavate within the town right-of-way you must first apply for a permit and provide information on what you are doing, name of the contractor doing the work, submit information on how traffic will be maintained during the work and provide proof of general liability and vehicle insurance. You may fill out the online form or download the application from the Permitting page of our website or, call to have us fax it to you, or stop by Public Works to get a permit application. Once the form is filled out, please return it to us for processing along with the appropriate application fee. Please allow at least two weeks for our review and approval of the permit once all required information has been submitted.
An Entrance Permit is required if you will be constructing a new driveway or expanding an existing driveway where it connects to the public street. An Entrance Permit is not required to repave an existing driveway. If you plan to install a new driveway or make your existing driveway larger you must first apply for a permit and provide information on what you are doing, submit a scaled plan of the driveway location with dimensions and materials to be used, information on a culvert if one is required, name of the contractor doing the work and provide proof of general liability and vehicle insurance. You may fill out the online form or download the Entrance Permit application from the Permitting page of our website or, call to have us fax it to you, or stop by Public Works to get a permit application. Once the form is filled out, please return it to us for processing with your application fee and allow two weeks for us to review and issue a permit before you intend to start the work.