Traffic calming study could cost up to $15,000

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Tay council is ready to spend up to $15,000 a year to help find traffic calming measures.

The report requesting the money was brought to a recent council committee meeting.

“I think it is long overdue,” said Deputy Mayor Gerard LaChapelle. “I think it's a great investment and it's important and I think it's a great idea.”

An estimated $10,000, the possible cost of a pole-mounted radar board unit, and the additional cost of approximately $400 per year for software licences to store data, will be added to the 2021 budget review process for approval.

There may be more comprehensive traffic-related issues that would require outside consulting services for their review and recommendations, says the report. The cost associated with this is unknown at this time, however a budget item could be provided as part of the budget.

The steps taken to purchase the appropriate equipment to collect traffic data collection would help put together a Traffic Management Policy to assist the township in dealing with its traffic-related issues.

Coun. Mary Warnock wanted to know whether signage would fit into this study.

“I know we were told before that we're behind in our signage throughout the township, so I'm wondering if that will fit into this as well,” she said.

Roads and fleets services manager Lyell Bergstrome said the report doesn't speak to signage as a traffic-related concern.

“Our sign deficiencies are more about warning signs, sharp corners and more,” he said. “This report speaks more to traffic calming because it's been brought up to council many times. People think we have a problem. We do a traffic study to identify what the problem is and we come up with a plan to mitigate that problem.”

Bergstrome added that staff can work toward getting a signage report in the future.

“We do definitely need to do some work on signage,” he said.

Coun. Paul Raymond voiced his support for the report.

“We need to do something and if this is going to help, that will be great,” he said. “As you know some people are such that they will actually speed up to see how high they can run the numbers.

“Is there opportunity to invite the OPP in on this if we have a schedule for where we're placing it so they can swing by and keep an eye on things?”

The traffic calming device staff is looking at is passive, said Bergstrome.

“It's similar to what the OPP would use and doesn't have a display unit,” he said, adding this specific system was chosen because when people see a number, they try to race it.

“Or (the unit) is a traffic calming measure on its own and slows people down,” said Bergstrome. "If we want to identify what's actually happening, it would be nice to have a unit that's passive. That way, we can get more accurate data for what's going on and can come up with a measure.”

Mehreen Shahid, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, OrilliaMatters.com