NG pushes for lower speed limit
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.