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Councillors agree with lower speed limits in several locations

Following up on citizen concerns, requests to lower speed limits came before council at its Committee of the Whole meeting Thursday.

The Traffic Advisory Committee recommended a citizen request to reduce the speed limit to 40km/hr from 50km/hr on East Mary Street in Picton (a one way street between Bridge and York).

It also recommends the section of Wilson Road from Highway 62 to County road 1 be assigned one speed limit – 60km/hr – and not multiple zones. Currently, Wilson Road from Highway 62 to 700 metres westerly is 50km/h and from 700 metres west of Highway 62 to County Road 2 is 70 km/h.

A speed limit reduction to 20km/hr and a playground ahead sign are proposed for Lalor Street leading to Delhi Park. Currently the speed limit on Lalor is assumed to be 50km/hr as no speed limit is posted and there are no warning signs notifying drivers of the playground area. There is also a dog park, ball diamond and green space there.

Citizen complaints about speeding on Union Road have also been reviewed.

Staff are recommending the speed limit for Union Road between County Road 2 and cannery Road be reduced to 40km/hr and between Cannery to Highway 62 stay at 50km/hr.

It was recommended the installation of two traffic calming speed humps be referred to the 2019 capital budget as a pilot project with appropriate pavement marking and signage, between Cannery Road and Highway 62.

Councillors did not approve the recommendation for speed humps citing unnecessary cost in a remote location.

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  1. Steve Staniek says:

    Those of us who study public safety understand that road and bridge safety is really a family safety issue. If we could just get County Council to support family safety on the Skyway Bridge, an existing death trap that needs serious correction with a protected walkway, we would take a giant step toward growing a reasonably protected community and province.

    The reconstruction of the Skyway deck will make the current death trap even worse, creating one wide open surface that will squeeze together into dangerously close geometry: all motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. The cavalier attitude of the MTO reveals a disturbing lack of safety culture, that puts our families at undue risk on the Skyway Bridge. The first step is for our elected officials to find the courage to take on Queens Park to protect all travelers.

  2. Paul Cole says:

    Lowering speed limits and putting up new signs does absolutely nothing if those limits are not enforced. Speed limit enforcement is the issue here..

  3. Emily says:

    I have to agree that the speed on Paul St. Picton is way out of control. It is the major artery route to the school, yet no school zone signage, no speed limit signage and no police monitoring. Just pulling one of the multiple OPP cruisers off of Hwy 62 to in town would be so welcome,reduce out of control speeding and save a life.

  4. Mark says:

    Perhaps they would consider lowering the speed limit on Paul St. from the current 60 – 80 km.

  5. Just Thinking says:

    All crosswalks should be “3D” painted… that will slow traffic .

  6. Whatever says:

    Good idea to lower the speed limits considering it’s taking forever to plow the roads.

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