The speed limit was just lowered on a major Mississauga road


Published February 13, 2023 at 10:56 am

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The speed limit has just been lowered on a major Mississauga road.

Regional councillors voted to reduce the speed limit from 60 km/hr to 50 km/hr on Dixie Road between 260 meters north of Lakeshore Road East to the Queensway, during the Region of Peel council meeting on Feb. 9.

The reduction takes effect immediately.

Two homeowners associations and one condo building sent letters in support of reducing the speed.

“It’s a significant issue in the community and this would go a long way in fulling Vision Zero, for example, and also to allow a lot of the people that live the area to feel safe,” said Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Stephen Dasko who brought the motion forward.

A woman died on Dixie Road in 2020, Dasko added.

On Jan. 31, 2020, Penny Cousard, a 45-year-old woman from Mississauga, was operating an electric mobility wheelchair on Dixie Road in the southbound bicycle lane when she was struck and killed.

Traffic volumes will significantly increase with several new developments along the Dixie/Lakeshore corridor, Orchard Heights Homeowners’ Association president Tonya Elmazi said in a letter to council.

“We also have numerous residents within our community concerned about the safety of bike lanes along Dixie Road,” Elmazi wrote. “A reduction in the speed of traffic would help to mitigate their concerns. For these reasons, we believe a reduction in the speed limit from 60 km to 50 km makes sense and will improve the overall safety for our residents.”

The Sherway Homeowner’s and Recreation Association had similar concerns.

“The Sherway community’s concern on speeding has increased yearly over the past 4 years and given the planned intensification along lower Dixie Road the safer speed limit is 50KMS,” the association’s president Jamie Pugh wrote.

Fairways Condominium Residence, at 1400 Dixie Road, said the majority of their residents are over the age of 60.

“We have expressed our concern about the high speed of traffic on Dixie Road which is a threat to our safety as we attempt (to) enter and exit our property,” Michael Read, the president of the board of directors for Fairways wrote.

Staff actually advised against raising the speed limit in this section of Dixie “because of the operating speed for that road,” said Kealy Dedman, commissioner of Public Works for the Region of Peel.

But council agreed with Coun. Dasko and voted unanimously in favour of lowering the speed limit.

The Ministry of Transportation will install advance notification signs advising of the revised 50 km/h posted speed.

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