SCUGOG: Council has decided to amend the township’s traffic bylaw, to prohibit heavy trucks from driving on a portion of Old Simcoe Rd., and to lower the speed limit on Stephenson’s Point Rd.
At a meeting on Monday, October 23rd, Councillors saw a report from engineering technician Lori Fox, which recommended heavy trucks be prohibited from using a section of Old Simcoe Rd., between Reach St. and Scugog Line 8, and lowering the speed limit on Stephenson’s Point Rd., to 60 km per hour.
According to the report, heavy trucks were already prohibited from travelling on a section of Old Simcoe Rd., between Scugog St. and Reach St. The report also stated that Old Simcoe Rd., between Reach St. and Scugog Line 8, has a public school, private school, soccer fields, a swimming instruction business, and the Port Perry Lawn Bowling Club.
As well, Ms. Fox wrote in the report that the stretch of Old Simcoe Rd. is “currently in fair to poor condition.”
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back said she was pleased staff brought forward the large truck recommendation so quickly.
“I’m very happy to see this,” she said. “ That road is falling apart, and not to mention the children that are at those elementary schools, and as we heard [in a previous deputation] sometimes children don’t think, they're just are like squirrels and they make a slight mistake and run on the road, and that could mean dire consequences when you are looking at heavy mack trucks.”
In regards to the Stephenson’s Point Rd. speed limit, township staff reviewed the limit on the road, between Island Rd. and Pettet Dr. and from Pettet Dr. to the south end of Stephenson’s Point Rd., and found that neither portion had a posted speed limit. This meant, under the Highway Traffic Act, the speed limit on the road was 80 km per hour.
However, according to the report, traffic data collected in June found the average vehicle speed on the road to be between 51 and 59 km per hour.
“The reduction of speed on this road will improve safety and will also change the road from a Class 3 road to a Class 4 road, which will result in decreased maintenance costs,” the report read.
Carol Coleman, director of community services, spoke about how the maintenance costs are affected by this decision. “You still need to repair the road, it is just the time period, in which you have to do the maintenance, is a little bit longer,” she said, adding snow plows will not need to go “straight to that road” first.
She also said lower speeds “are better for the road.”