Speed zone changes could be coming

Nancy MacPhee
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SUMMERSIDE — Speed zone changes could be coming soon in Summerside.

Coun. Cory Thomas is chair of Summerside’s technical services committee.

The issue was discussed during Tuesday’s technical services committee meeting where details of a citywide traffic speed review were outlined.

The review, done at the request of council, detailed analysis by the technical services department of speeds throughout city with the purpose to determine if changes to posted speeds were warranted.

And, after analyzing the data collected through a two-day traffic count and using guidelines set out by the Transportation Association of Canada, the department has recommended changes to speed limits in a number of areas.

“Staff sees these recommendations as a way to improve road safety and simplify the speed zones throughout the city,” said committee chair Coun. Cory Thomas, who read the report. “After the initial phase-in period, staff feels these changes will not be noticed and fall in order with the other posted speeds throughout the city.”

If approved by, the city would have only two posted speed limits — 40 km/h and 50 km/h — as opposed to the five currently in place.

On Greenwood Drive, between MacLeod Street and Pope Road, staff is proposing the speed limit be reduced from a 70 to 50 km/h.

If passed, the change would be phased in, first lowering the speed limit to 60 km/h for a six-month period then to the final 50 km/h.

On Water Street East, between Gillespie Avenue and Read Drive, it’s recommended that the speed limit be reduced 60 to 50 km/h. Increased traffic congestion was cited as the reason for the proposed change. The street, said the report, is one of the busiest in the city with approximately 11,700 vehicles per day.

Technical services staff do want to see speed limits increased in a number of areas.

The department is proposing that Water Street East between Wilmot Lane and Gillespie Avenue, which was only reduced to a 40km/h zone this past summer, be changed to a 50 km/h zone to allow for better traffic flow.

On MacEwen Road, between Water Street and Prince County Hospital, staff recommended the speed limit be increased from 40 to 50 km/h with a 40 km/h in school zones from 8 a .m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, during the school year.

On Slemon Park Drive, between Route 2 and Argus Drive, it was recommended that the speed limit be increased from 40 to 50 km/h and that all residential streets within Slemon Park increase from 30 to 40 km/h.

The issue will go before council at its regular monthly meeting Monday for a vote.

Several committee members did voice support of the move at Tuesday’s meeting.  

If approved, technical services director Aaron MacDonald said the changes and new signage could be in place within two weeks.

He couldn’t comment on how lenient city police will be when it comes to issuing speeding tickets in these areas once the changes are made.



Organizations: Transportation Association of Canada, Prince County Hospital

Geographic location: Water Street East, Gillespie Avenue, Greenwood Drive MacLeod Street MacEwen Road

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Recent comments

  • ironic
    November 16, 2012 - 07:02

    funny how the other day i followed the poliec wagon up granville.. or tried to. even travelling 10km/hr over the speed limit they pulled away from me fairly quickly... Personally if the cops can't even follow the sped limit why do they expect anyone else to?

  • MFH
    November 14, 2012 - 18:06

    What about the North end of Granville St. This the major shopping area and it is normal for vehicles to travel at 100kmh or above. This is very dangerous and needs to be dealt with.

  • Larry
    November 14, 2012 - 12:55

    I guess all the trolls and experts on here know more than Transportation Association of Canada.

  • Working Around Sside
    November 14, 2012 - 12:00

    It would be nice for police and RCMP to drive the limit when patrolling. It would also be nice for them to watch out for people working on the side of the road.

  • slemon park
    November 14, 2012 - 11:09

    There was an article in the journal stating that the police cannot enforce the speed limits posted within slemon park residential areas anyways. The whole point of this is so that police are not "allowing" as many people to speed. The places they are looking to increase the speed limits are places where people have been consistently speeding with many accidents. If they are going those speeds now with no issues, might as well change the posted limits so the police aren't expected to "police" just patrol!

  • What are you doing?
    November 14, 2012 - 10:48

    Why on earth would you increase the speed limits at Slemon park? There are more kids out there then you can think of. You want to reduce a speed limit between Greenwood Drive and Pope Road, Where there is maybe 2 houses, the rest is businesses, but you want to increase where there is a ton of kids living, This city is so backwards its unreal. I'm not a resident of Slemon Park, but for the people living out there I would hope you have something to say about this!

  • Summerside Resident
    November 14, 2012 - 09:49

    Deal with the speed regulations by making the entire City 50 klm and than set the school zones at 30 klm. With proper enforcement this should address any problems. Stop making different speeds for different zones, this is to confusing. Keep in mind Police continually have a grace of 19 klms over I believe, and this is fair, some people don't care what the speed limit is, they will continue to drive above the limit and in some cases without due care and attention. What is required in this City is continued enforcement not just now and than. Don't give the excuse of limited resources, this argumant does not wash. Five or six officers on during weekends and very little speeding enforcement seen. Lately any kind of visibility is scarce, where are they? Management can keep on top of this by logging speeding charges per officer on a monthly basis, every officers on patrol should be doing their fair share not just certain ones, again this is managements responsibility, the buck stops with the Chief and Deputy.

  • Jim JImmerson
    November 14, 2012 - 08:09

    how about 50KM/h except in school zones just like every other city on EARTH?

  • Paula Arsenault
    November 14, 2012 - 08:07

    I doubt it will matter what the speed limit is some people don't believe they apply to them. I have been passed on McEwan road doing the speed limit. My big concerns are the crosswalks drivers don't seem to understand what they are for. I just fear there is going to be a tragedy at one if drivers do not learn to stop for people that are in the crosswalk.

  • peiman
    November 14, 2012 - 07:29

    There is so little reason to visit summerside now...this will only enhance the experience of going further to Charlottetown, or Moncton.....what a dump and they want to slow things down even further.....hard to believe.

  • don
    November 14, 2012 - 06:34

    if the city keeps going you will have to park your car outside the limits and walk in. but then i guess when you have 2 of the big city men at there age i guess they no move as fast as they use to and the rest is getting up there ready to retire from all the non-profit from the concert they have a retirement fund.

  • Outside of Towner
    November 14, 2012 - 02:25

    It is nice to see thecity is discussing changes the speed limits. However, to increase speeds where many children are out playing and do not look for vehicles, or expect vehicles to stop for them immediately, is asking for more accidents and possible injury to children: namely Slemon Park and the school zones. That's fine to state the limits will decrease during school hours, but has the committee studied how many people actually do the speed limit of 40 now? Any time I've driven on MacEwen Road over the past several years, hardly anyone seems to drive the limit; I feel like I am going to be run over driving my car by tail-gaiters. In Slemon Park, the children run everywhere and hardly look to see if there are any vehicles coming towards them. The motorist CONSTANTLY has to be ready to stop in an instant to avoid running over a child. Please RETHINK what you are doing and what you are doing it for. So what if it takes a couple more minutes to drive into town - SLOW DOWN and enjoy life while you have it!

  • Police shouldnt be lenient
    November 13, 2012 - 21:14

    The Police shouldn't have anymore than 5km/h leniency, unless its a medical emergency. Then we wouldn't have to have any changes to the speed limit.