NG pushes for lower speed limit

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BY AN­GELA BROWN

Staff North Glen­garry is hop­ing a speed limit re­duc­tion will put the brakes on trucks us­ing Main Street, Alexan­dria and force them to use the truck by­pass route, County Road 45.

At the last coun­cil meet­ing, only Coun. Brian Cad­dell op­posed the idea of re­duc­ing the speed limit down­town from 50 to 40 kilo­me­tres per hour. He be­lieves the move would im­pede the flow of traf­fic.

Coun. Michel Depratto says a lower limit might be ef­fec­tive. “Apart from late at night, 40 clicks per hour is plenty fast. You can’t move faster than that any­how. It’s fast enough.”

Coun­cil ap­proved the mo­tion, which will now go to Stor­mont, Dun­das and Glen­garry United Coun­ties coun­cil for fi­nal ap­proval.

The town­ship’s ini­tia­tive is part of North Glen­garry’s on­go­ing plan to di­vert truck traf­fic from away from County Road 34-Main Street in down­town Alexan­dria.

Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDon­ald, who is also coun­ties war­den this year, said truck­ers will steer clear of Main Street if they be­lieve the route will cost them more time than the by­pass.

CAO Daniel Gagnon pointed out the area af­fected per­tains to the Com­mu­nity Im­prove­ment Plan fo­cus on im­prov­ing the down­town core of Alexan­dria, from Lochiel to St. Ge­orge Streets.

“It’s been en­dorsed by coun­cil and it’s go­ing to go to United Coun­ties, so chances are it will come to fruition,” said Mr. Gagnon.

Pedes­tri­ans will be safer

When he in­tro­duced the mo­tion, he in­di­cated SDG Di­rec­tor of Trans­porta­tion and Plan­ning Ser­vices Ben­jamin de Haan had pre­vi­ously men­tioned a lower speed limit would help re­duce truck traf­fic on Main Street.

“For pedes­trian safety, it can’t hurt to have truck traf­fic go­ing a lit­tle bit slower through the down­town,” Mr. Gagnon added.

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