DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: An upcoming road improvement project prompted council to lower the speed limit on a picturesque stretch of a township road at their meeting on the morning of Monday, April 15.
A report from Public Works Director Ben Kester prompted the move to lower the speed limit on Conc. 7 south of Regional Rd. 21.
According to Mr. Kester's report, Conc. 7 is slated to be surface treated later this spring, making the lowering of the speed limit necessary as there are a number of sharp bends in the roadway.
However, the move to upgrade the road prompted one councillor to hypothesize that the measure may make the road safer for local travellers.
"Wouldn't a surface treatment make the road be more safe?" asked Ward 4 Councillor Jacob Mantle.
Mr. Kester replied that he "does not take these measures lightly" and added that the unique features of the road may pose a danger to vehicles travelling above the speed limit.
"If it were a straight road, surface treatment might make it safer, but there are some major curves along the section of roadway proposed for the speed limit change," replied Mr. Kester.
Ultimately, councillors agreed to lower the speed limit on the 2.2 kilometre stretch of road, and work on the project is slated to begin later this spring.
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