A recommendation to reduce the speed limit on Maple Grove from Huntmar Drive to Alon Street has been introduced by Councillor Glen Gower to the Transportation Committee and could be coming soon to the Fairwinds-Poole Creek neighbourhood. Councillor Gower would like to see the speed reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h along the above-noted stretch of Maple Grove.
When Stittsville Central contacted Councillor Gower for his comments, he responded, “road safety is the number one thing that we hear about from residents. I started working on improvements for Maple Grove as a resident several years ago with the Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association.” He added, “we have an opportunity now to do this as part of a neighbourhood area speed limit program so that we have a consistent 40km/h speed limit in the community.”
Maple Grove runs through the Stittsville neighbourhoods of Fairwinds and Poole Creek. The road is designated as a Major Collector roadway providing a connection to Huntmar Drive.
(Fairwinds – Poole Creek neighbourhood indicating where the Gateway Speed Limit would be implemented. Map: City of Ottawa)
Over the past several years, the Fairwinds-Poole Creek Community Association and individual residents have advocated for continued enhancements to road safety in the neighbourhood including traffic calming, road design, and enforcement. People who live on Maple Grove Road, as well as residents on adjacent streets, are generally supportive of the lower speed limit in their community and several have contacted the Councillor’s office directly to request the speed limit reduction.
Gower also emphasized, “In addition to the speed limit change, we are also pushing for upgrades to the street to increase safety, particularly for pedestrians. We are also working with the Ottawa Police to ensure enforcement and education to reduce vehicle speeds.”
(Gateway Speed Limit signage)
The Committee will be meeting on February 5, 2020 to discuss and recommend to Council that this reduction be approved.
Once approved, the implementation of a Gateway Speed Limit Sign will be installed by the City of Ottawa Transportation Services. The estimated cost for its implementation is $5,860.00.
To read Councillor Gower’s remarks included in the Transportation Committee report: https://www.glengower.ca/notebook/notebook-lowering-the-speed-limit-on-maple-grove-road/.