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Council looking to reduce speed limits across the city

KAWARTHA LAKES-The City of Kawartha Lakes is looking to reduce speed limits across the City. Municipal staff brought forward recommendations to Council surrounding speed concerns across Kawartha Lakes during Tuesday’s council meeting.

Council was presented with four options:

  1. Maintain the current community speed zones in place while using current traffic calming management strategies on a case by case basis
  2. Enforce municipal-wide community speed zones at 40 km/h
  3. Designating five urban settlement areas that would enforce the 40 km/h
  4. Designating three major urban communities that would enforce the 40 km/h

Council decided to pursue option two, which will be considered later this fall in the 2020 budget deliberations.

The municipality currently enforces a speed by-law throughout 23 towns, villages, settlement areas and hamlets that designates specific areas as community speed zones that outline a speed limit of 50 km/h. Should option two be approved in the 2020 budget, the speed limit in certain areas would be reduced by 10km. The Highway Traffic Act allows for limited and specific signage at entrances and exits of the designated areas.

Through consultation with Kawartha Lakes Police and other municipalities, it was determined that if the speed limits were to change, Kawartha Lakes would need to create a public education campaign to ensure all residents were aware of the change. The costs of signage alone has been estimated to be approximately 157,000.

Community

Number of Signs

Cost

Notes

Bethany

30

$13,500.00

Highway 7A not in jurisdiction

Bobcaygeon

46

$20,700.00

East Street excluded

Burnt River

7

$3,150.00

Coboconk

26

$11,700.00

Highway 35 not in jurisdiction

Fenelon Falls

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18

$8,100.00

CKL Rd 121 west end to Elliot St excluded

Janetville

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8

$3,600.00

Kinmount

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6

$2,700.00

Kirkfield

8

$3,600.00

Lindsay

68

$30,600.00

Non-residential arterials excluded

Little Britain

8

$3,600.00

Norland

24

$10,800.00

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Highway 35 not in jurisdiction

Oakwood

18

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$8,100.00

Highway 7 not in jurisdiction

Omemee

40

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$18,000.00

King Street and Ski Hill Rd excluded

Pontypool

12

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$5,400.00

Seagrave

6

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$2,700.00

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Sonya

6

$2,700.00

Victoria Road

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8

$3,600.00

Woodville

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10

$4,500.00

Total

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349

$157,050.00

Total + 10% Contingency $172,755.00

 

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