Rural road racers in Burlington and Milton face new obstacle

Published June 20, 2023 at 3:01 pm

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Drivers who like to open it up along a rural road that separates Burlington and Milton have something new to worry about.

Both the City of Burlington and Town of Milton are planning to reduce the speed limit.

The reduced speed will affect Bell School Line and will likely see the current speed limit of 70 km/h drop to 60 km/h.

Councils of both municipalities still have to give final approval before the 10 km/h reduction is imposed,

The stretch of road that runs between No. 1 Sideroad to Britannia Rd. has long been a spot where motorists break the speed limit and law enforcement in the area has been successful at catching drivers when radar patrol is on duty.

Now, drivers will have to proceed even more cautiously.

“Drivers who race along there now will face even greater penalties when the speed limit is reduced,” a Halton police officer told inhalton.com. “This is a good time for everyone who uses that road to slow down.”

A City of Burlington report said the speed reduction is timely and appropriate as growth and traffic in the area increase.

The report points out that factors taken into consideration when recommending the speed change include road characteristics such as driveways and access, the number and type of intersection right-of-way controls, existing pedestrian and/or cycling facilities, road geometry, the presence of on-street parking, and pavement condition.

“Having speed limits set higher than appropriate for the roadway characteristics can create increased risk to road users, including an increase in severity of collision should one occur,” the report indicates.

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