Caledon completes ‘traffic calming’ project on major roadway

By

Published May 19, 2023 at 1:52 pm

Several big changes have been made to a Caledon roadway with the goal of increasing traffic safety in the area.

New line markings were made to narrow the travel lane on Dougall Avenue, while a new pedestrian crossover at the intersection of Dougall and Tundra Road is expected to be completed shortly.

The lane widths on Dougall Avenue were narrowed by painting lines closer together, which the Town says is a proven method to influence driver perception and lower vehicle speeds.

“Traffic calming on Town roads is an extensive data-driven process that involves evaluation, data collection and traffic analysis and is used where the majority of motorists are driving inappropriately,” said Arash Olia, Manager, Transportation Engineering.

“When traffic calming is used drivers are more likely to lower their speed to steer more accurately and with greater concentration.”

Caledon mayor Annette Groves said she was “pleased to see this improvement in traffic safety and driving behaviors in Caledon to help prevent tragedies.”

While the Town did not reference any specific incidents, the northeast corner of Dougall and Kennedy was the scene of a crash where the driver of a blue Infiniti mounted the sidewalk and crashed outside a coffee shop.

The same driver was reportedly impaired when he was involved in a Brampton crash in 2020 that killed a mother and her three children.

Caledon man Brady Robertson was put on trial and sentenced to 17 years in prison.

“It’s crucial to prioritize traffic safety to protect the lives and well-being of all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Mayor Grove.

INsauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising