Speed cushions to be installed on four Mississauga roads
You may have to slow down on a few roads in Mississauga soon.
According to a recent city report, the following four roads were identified as locations that would benefit from installing speed cushions — different from speed bumps — in an attempt to calm traffic:
- Flagship Drive (near Bloor & Cawthra): A series of speed cushions between Rymal Road and Queen Frederica Drive
- Falconer Drive (near Britannia & Queen St): A series of speed cushions and a raised crosswalk between Matlock Avenue and Kenninghall Boulevard
- Second Line West (near Derry & Mavis): A series of speed cushions between Old Derry Road and Sombrero Way
- Sombrero Way (near Derry & Mavis): A series of speed cushions and a raised intersection between Second Line West and Mavis Road
Data from the report indicates that 85% percent of drivers on these roadways were going over the posted speed limit. Flagship Drive and Falconer Drive saw the worst offences, with 85% of drivers going 18 km/h over their speed limits of 40 km/h and 50 km/h, respectively.
“Once a speeding concern is identified, Road Safety staff utilize a number of passive traffic calming techniques to reduce vehicle operating speeds,” according to the report. “These passive traffic calming measures can include the implementation of painted edge/centre lines, the use of a speed awareness device, and enforcement.”
In this case, the speed cushions would force regular vehicles to slow down while not obstructing large vehicles with wider axles (such as buses and emergency vehicles).
It’s reported that area residents who were contacted about the proposed speed cushions were overwhelmingly in support of them, with at least 80% showing support for each impacted roadway (96% support for Second Line West).
The cost of the installation ranges from $40,000 to $60,000 for each of the impacted roadways.
At this time, it hasn’t been confirmed when the speed cushions will be installed.
The full report can be read here.
This isn’t the city only recent action against speeding, with new Automated Speed Enforcement cameras having recently been installed at two locations in Mississauga.
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