Aylmer man petitions to fix Chemin Vanier, reduce speed limit
Gerard Lajoie collected nearly 170 signatures in support of each cause
Gerard Lajoie also wants the cracks and holes filled on Chemin Vanier, between Chemin Aylmer and Chemin McConnell, to keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe.
He collected nearly 170 signatures in support of each cause, and said he has a meeting with a city clerk to drop the petitions off Tuesday afternoon.
"It's my responsibility. I take it on me to try and change things because pretty darn soon somebody's going to be killed here because it's too dangerous," he said.
Lajoie said it's especially important to reduce the speed limit from 70 kilometres per hour to 50 kilometres per hour because there are no sidewalks for pedestrians. Sitting on his front porch, he said he often sees cars and trucks zoom past travelling faster than the posted limit.
"People never respect 70 kilometres per hour. Especially after hours, at night, they're going really fast — they're going 80, 90, I'd say even more," he said. "You know, it kind of boggles my mind to have a road in a residential area used as a highway."
The City of Gatineau spokesperson told CBC News in an email that a traffic study is already underway for the entire length of Chemin Vanier — from Chemin de la Montagne all the way to the Ottawa River. It's expected to be complete in the fall.
Road work is also scheduled on the road between Chemin McConnell and Lucerne Boulevard but not until 2018.