UXBRIDGE: Shobrook Gardens residents, in Uxbridge recently voiced their concerns to Councillor Fred Bryan, regarding calming traffic along Elgin Park Drive.
With plans to replace the downtown culvert along Brock Street in early 2018, the Township of Uxbridge estimates Brock Street will be closed for approximately three to four months, diverting traffic to Elgin Park Drive.
Councillor Bryan said, “As we close down Brock Street the traffic has to go somewhere, and as I told [Shobrook residence,] the traffic is going to come up Elgin Park.”
The main concerns are around Elgin Park Drive traffic, related to the volume and speed of drivers along the street.
According to the Annual Average Daily Traffic count, there are an average of 5,100 vehicles travelling through Elgin Park Drive, at an average speed of 64 km/hr.
The posted speed along the road is 50km/hr, which means on average, cars are travelling along the road 14km over the speed limit.
“People do tend to fly down that road a little faster than they should,” Councillor Bryan said.
He added, the speed of the cars is one of the main concerns Shobrook residence have.
“It’s kind of a winding road, so their concern is when traffic comes down, [cars] are travelling too fast when they want to cross the road to get the Rexall,” Councillor Bryan said.
He would like to remind the citizens of Uxbridge to monitor their speed and drive within the posted limit.
“Be cognisant of your speed, be aware of your speed, and certainly stay within your speed, and that will alleviate a lot of the problems,” Councillor Bryan said.
To help prevent speeding along Elgin Park Drive, Uxbridge council is looking at installing a radar speed sign. The sign will alert drivers about their speed along the road, and flash repeatedly when vehicles are speeding.
The Township of Uxbridge estimates the cost for the radar speed sign will be less than $5,000 and the town will look at installing it for early 2018.
To help ensure the safety of residence, the Township will look at extending the cross light's cross time, by a few seconds.
“We want to add a couple seconds extra to the cross light, going across the road and give them a few more seconds,” Councillor Bryan said.
Adding that, “There is going to be older people, and they are certainly going to be walking a little slower, especially during this time of the year as the days are getting shorter, certainly be aware of that.”
Councillor Bryan encourages anyone with concerns regarding traffic along Elgin Park Drive to contact him by email, at email@example.com.