Maple­wood Road speed dropped

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

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.

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