Improving Road Safety In Countryside

Those of us who live in the rural area know how important our roads are for transportation, recreation, and how they are critical connections for us to the rest of our community for work and for play.  

Last week, City Council approved recommendations from the Traffic Department to lower speed limits along certain side roads and at critical junctures.  I believe all of these adjustments support safer roads for everyone, without sacrificing efficiency on key arterial travel routes.  See below for the full list.

From Report 15-367

The following roads are being recommended to be posted at 70 km/h:
• Accommodation Road – from White Church Road westerly for 1.6 kilometres
• Kingston Mills Road - Battersea Road to 500 metres west of Kingston Mills Locks

The following roads are being recommended to be posted at 60 km/h:
• Accommodation Road - 1.6 km west of White Church Road to 6th Concession Road
• Sea Brook Road - Highway 15 to City limits
• Smith Road - Westbrook Road to Howes Road
• Howes Road -Smith Road to Unity Road
• Joyceville Road – 500 metres on either side of Middle Road
• Middle Road – 500 metres on either side of Joyceville Road
• Perth Road – extend existing 60 km/h zone north of Unity Road by 600 metres
• Unity Road – Battersea Road westerly for 500 metres (Amended to: Battersea Rd. westerly to Ellen Ave.)
• Kingston Road 2 – extend existing 60 km/h zone to 30 metres east of Ravensview
• Battersea Road – extend existing 60 km/h zone 250 metres north of Unity Road (since this is already posted in the field, the by-law needs to be corrected)
• Battersea Road – Highway 401 northerly to just north of Kingston Mills Road

The following roads are being recommended to be posted at 50 km/h:
• Kingston Mills Road - west of Kingston Mills Locks for 500 metres
• Woods Side Road - Highway 15 to Woodburn Road

The following roads are being recommended to be posted at 40 km/h:
• Dundon Drive - Brewers Mills Road to the end
• Baraby Court - Dundon Drive to the end
• Downsview Drive – all
 

In addition, the Traffic Department recommended the implementation of a 4-way stop at the intersection of Cordukes Rd. & Bur Brook Rd in Report 15-365.  This intersection contains a crossing of the K&P trail, so this recommendation also makes sense.  The report was supported and adopted by Council.  

The traffic department will be coming forward to the Environment, Infrastructure & Transportation Committee soon with other recommended improvements supporting safer rural communities and active transportation in the rural area.