Maplewood Road speed dropped
Wellesley Township will be imposing new speed limits along Maplewood Road in the area that curves around Paradise Lake. Amidst safety concerns that drivers were approaching the narrow, curving section of road too fast, township council decided Tuesday to lengthen the 40km/h speed limit zone already in place farther back from the curve.
The 40km/h zone is being extended another 218 metres north of Paradise Lake, as well as 177m south, while a 30km/h limit is being imposed along the curving section of road itself. The total length of this reduced speed-limit zone will now be about one kilometre in all, said Kevin Beggs, director of public works, in an email.
The concerns were brought to township by residents in the Paradise Lake area. The road has is often used by pedestrians, the township noted, while a count taken in August 2016 showed an average of 625 cars per day travelling around the Paradise Lake bend.
Initially, township staff had considered extending the 40km/h zone 368m north of the curving section of road, and without a 30km/h area, but councillors objected to the proposal.
The revised plan was approved by council Tuesday night without discussion
The estimated cost for the new signage and chevrons along the curve is estimated at $750 to the township, plus an installation fee.
The township also said they would look into the possibility of installing streetlights for the area in 2018.