Halifax regional council endorses traffic-calming report

Halifax regional council is endorsing a traffic-calming report where residents are being encouraged to bring their complaints forward. Speed bumps, stop signs and reducing speed limits could all be brought in to play to cut speeds.

'We had somebody land on their roof on somebody's front lawn just a couple of months ago,' councillor says

Lower Sackville resident Gina Bright talks about motorists who speed through her Cavalier Drive neighbourhood. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Halifax regional council is endorsing a traffic-calming report that encourages residents bring forward complaints.

Speed bumps, stop signs and lower speed limits could all be brought in to play to cut speeds.

"We had somebody land on their roof on somebody's front lawn just a couple of months ago," Halifax West-Armdale Coun. Linda Mosher noted.

The report encourages residents to voice their concerns about areas where they see speeding on a regular basis. Public complaints often set in motion the process to make changes, said Halifax traffic manager Taso Koutroulakis.

Halifax regional traffic manager Taso Koutroulak discussed traffic-calming measures in municipal neighbourhoods before council on Tuesday.

"We'd be able to evaluate speeding complaints and if it meets the requirements of the traffic-calming policy, then we would be able to rank those complaints," he said.

"Then we would meet with the neighbourhood to address them."

'Significant speeding and traffic problem'

Koutroulakis delivered the report to council Tuesday morning.

Any number of changes could be made to problem streets — from speed bumps to added stop signs or reduced speed limits.

"In the district that I represent, we've got most of the main arterials that lead in to the peninsula and we've got a significant speeding and traffic problem," said Mosher.

"I think this will make it safer for pedestrians and residents living in their area."

Coun. Linda Mosher said Tuesday speeding is a problem in her Halifax West-Armdale district. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Lower Sackville Coun. Steve Craig questioned why the report failed to include school zones.

Several schools in his district are built in the middle of subdivisions, he said.

"You have people who are driving their children to and from school on those streets and you have neighbours who are walking to school," said Craig.

"Not only that but in the after-school period, you have a lot of people using playgrounds that are in that area."

His request to include school zones was accepted.

Motorists going '90 kilometres an hour past me'

Lower Sackville resident Gina Bright said speeding is a problem on her street. She lives on Cavalier Drive and has two kids that go to Cavalier Drive Elementary School.

Traffic is moving well this morning in and around Hamilton. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

"I just live about 10 houses up from the school and people are going 70, 80, 90 kilometres an hour past me," said Bright.

"Cavalier Drive is one of the longest streets in Sackville and yet there's no stop signs on it."

Bright says she's complained to Halifax Regional Municipality before and has even put up signs on the street asking drivers to slow down.

She's glad residents are now being encouraged to bring their complaints forward.

This time, however, she hopes something will be done about it.


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