Speed limit shifts coming to rural roads

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Speed limits will be increasing slightly on some rural roads in Oxford County in an attempt to curb speeding and better match speed limits with the surroundings. 

A review of speeding and signage earlier this year by the county found areas where signage could be improved and other “traffic-calming” measures installed, but also found places where the speed limit was slower than necessary.

“The reduced speeds beyond the built-up areas were considered inconsistent with the driving environment and found to be ineffective in promoting lower vehicle operating speeds,” the council report noted.

On Wednesday, council approved tweaking the speed limits on several county-owned roads in Bright, Drumbo, Innerkip and Huntingford. In each case, the speed limit was bumped to 60 kilometres per hour, usually over an area of a few hundred metres, while the limits in more populated areas were at 50 km/h.

The changes will affect Oxford Road 3 in Drumbo; Oxford Road 8 in Bright; Oxford roads 4 and 33 in Innerkip; and Oxford Road 59 in Huntingford. In each case, the limit changes apply to where traffic and buildings end.

“Adoption of posted speeds and speed zone limits that are consistent with the driving environment will reduce speed variations and promote driver compliance. This, along with other speed management and traffic-calming measures that have been recommended for immediate and future implementation, will improve safety for all road users,” the report stated.

The respective bylaws are expected to be read at the June 26 meeting of council and, following that, staff will amend the speed signs in the affected areas.

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