SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is hoping to change the speed limit on their portion of Ashburn Rd. to 50 km per hour.
The motion to lower the limit was brought up at a council meeting in September. The original motion brought to council was that the speed be changed to 60 km per hour and only included a portion from Townline Rd. to 200 metres south of Chalk Lake Rd., but was amended by Ward 5 councillor Jennifer Back.
“My whole reasoning with requesting that this portion be 50, and for the entire section of it to be 50 is to make it safer for the cyclists (that share the road),” she said. “If you have posted 50, people will always do more, so we should start with less and hope for the best.”
However, Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew wanted to make sure that the Durham Regional Police have a chance to provide their comment on the proposed change, noting a potential danger to cyclists in the area.
“They do have some concerns periodically that if it is posted at 50, it sets up expectations amongst cyclers, but the public is not going to adhere to it. It can be dangerous to set it at a lower speed limit,” she said.
It was later noted that, if police have no concerns with the limit change, the motion will be approved, and will not need to return to council for approval.
Scugog Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith estimated that if the change is put in place, the township will have to replace about 20 speed signs and that each sign would cost somewhere between $30 and $40.
He also told council that resurfacing work on the road is complete and just needs the top coat. Construction work on the road began in earlier this year. In May, Ashburn Rd. was included by CAA in their annual list of the province’s worst roads.