SCUGOG: The Region of Durham has informed Scugog Council that, at this time, they will not be posting signage on Simcoe St. discouraging truck drivers from using engine brakes.
The Region, recently, conducted a traffic noise study at both the north and south ends of Port Perry’s portion of Simcoe St.. According to the report, shown to Councillors at the Dec. 12th Council meeting, the Region found the majority of noise, on Simcoe St., came from acceleration and deceleration of heavy trucks, squeaky brakes, motorcycles, and car and truck muffler noise, rather than from engine brakes. Therefore, they found engine brake signs “are not warranted” for Simcoe St.
“I have to say, I’m a little disappointed with the results of this study,” Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back said.
Councillor Back also questioned what times the Region conducted the traffic study.
Engineering technician Lori Fox responded, stating she had seen Regional officials out there on two separate occasions which were both midday. She also said she would need to contact the Region to get the exact times.
“If it was during the day, I doubt that they would’ve heard that [noise]. I think the irritant, to most residents, is that [at 4 a.m. or 5 a.m.], when people are still hopefully sleeping and they get jarred out of sleep,” Councillor Back said.
Mayor Tom Rowett said he was surprised by the Region’s findings as well.
Council asked Ms. Fox to follow up with the Region, regarding when they conducted the study, and if there is any other types of signage the Region could put up on Simcoe St. to discourage excessive engine noise, during the early hours of the morning.
The issue of engine brake noise in the Township was previously discussed, at a meeting on Monday, Sept. 19th.