St. Clair stays 70

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Despite a push from Port Lambton residents the speed limit will remain 70 km/h along the St. Clair Parkway.

The stretch in question runs from Holt Line down to Riverview Central Public School. Around 30 people living there, representing more than 85 per cent of the neighbourhood’s homes, wrote letters requesting council consider a speed reduction to 50 km/h.

Staff conducted a speed study and found the average speed of vehicles travelling the portion of road was 68.7 km/h. Eighty-five per cent of vehicles were going less than 78.48 km/h.

The OPP performed their own speed monitoring in the area and reported they “did not observe vehicles travelling at a rate notably in excess of the posted speed limit.” They’ll be performing another focused patrol of the road in the coming weeks.

Based on the findings staff recommended no change to the speed limit and council unanimously agreed.

Following a request by Councillor Rose Atkins, staff will revisit the issue to determine if a solid yellow line could be installed instead.

A 2019 request to reduce speeds by the same amount between Corunna and Mooretown was also denied at the time.

Alex Kurial, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Independent

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