By the end of the summer, the maximum speed limit across South River will be a standard 40 km/h. Clerk-administrator Don McArthur says speeding is a common complaint on some municipal streets. South River is residential in nature and most of the roads are in suburban subdivisions where the speed limit is already at 40 km/h. It's when motorists get to the rural roads where the speed limit jumps to 50 km/h, although the speed limit is not posted. These roads are narrow and don't have paved shoulders or sidewalks. “Reducing the 50 km/h speed limit to 40 km/h on these roads will make them much safer for cyclists and pedestrians,” McArthur said. The municipality-wide maximum speed limit will not apply to Highway 124 as people approach or leave town. But it will apply to Ottawa Avenue which runs through the downtown and is a roadway where speed is a factor. “It's a street we're trying to address because it isn't very friendly for cyclists or people walking,” McArthur told council members at Tuesday's regular meeting. McArthur says the municipality will consider its sign options and when they can be delivered. It was suggested the signs advertising the maximum speed limit could be posted at both ends of Highway 124 as people enter the community either from the north or south ends. McArthur said the signs can be welcoming and friendly and use wording like 'We appreciate you going slow. It's 40 km/h on all our residential roads.' McArthur expects it will take about 90 days to develop and implement the new speed limit, which includes investigating sign options and waiting for their arrival and installation. He says the municipality will likely keep the existing 40 km/h signs that are currently in place because there is no reason to remove them. However, they likely won't be replaced with new signs in the future if the old ones have to come down for some reason like age or damage.
Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.
Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget