Speed limits dropping to 40 km/h in some Brampton neighbourhoods

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Published April 5, 2023 at 11:01 am

Speed limits in some Brampton neighbourhoods will be dropping as the City looks to reduce traffic incidents and improve community safety.

The City is looking at a pilot program to reduce speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h on specific residential roads across Brampton.

A report to City Council on Wednesday said the staff had considered reducing limits even further to 30 km/h but found a lower limit was ineffective without other traffic-calming measures.

The project would see five areas or neighbourhoods earmarked for speed limit reductions to see if cutting the speed limit can improve road and community safety – Royal Palm Dr., Mount Royal Circle, Elbern Markell Dr. and Royal West Dr., the Westbrook Dr. and Riverstone Dr. area, and the southwest quadrant of the downtown.

The Provincial speed limit is 50 km/h for cities, towns and villages, but municipalities can enact neighbourhood speed limit reductions. Staff will be making recommendations for bylaw changes to the specific roads under the pilot.

The City says there were over 2,400 traffic service requests from residents in 2021 and 2022 with a majority of the complaints relating to aggressive driving and speeding on residential streets.

The City says the changes would cost approximately $12,500 for the installation of new traffic signs. City staff have been given the green light to implement the program, but the report gave no timeframe for when the changes will come into place.

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