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Slow down: Effective immediately speed limits reduced on several roads



Newmarket – Plan to lower your speed starting this week as York Regional Council approves reduced speed limits on several Regional roads.

“As our communities continue to grow, the way we are using the roadways is also changing,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “These new speed limit revisions reflect the increase in vehicle, cycling and pedestrian use and Regional Council’s commitment to the safety for those using our roads.”

Roads with revised speed limits include:

  • Pefferlaw Road from Lake Ridge Road to Griffith Avenue – 80 km/h to 60 km/h
  • Pefferlaw Road from Highway 48 to Lindell Road – 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • Bayview Avenue from south of 19th Avenue to north of Stouffville Road – 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • King Road from east of 8th Concession to west of 8th Concession – 60 km/h to 50 km/h
  • King Road from west of 8th Concession to east of Weston Road – 80 km/h to 70 km/h
  • Donald Cousens Parkway from Major Mackenzie Drive to Highway 7 – 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • York/Durham Line from south of Stouffville Main Street to south of 19th Avenue – 80 km/h to 60 km/h
  • Teston Road from Pine Valley Drive to Jane Street – 70 km/h to 60 km/h
  • Pine Valley Drive from Teston Road to Major Mackenzie Drive – 70 km/h to 60 km/h

“Studies show by lowering speed limits in appropriate areas, the amount and severity of collisions are reduced,” said Town of Richmond Hill Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services. “Monitoring and adjusting speed limits is one of many measures we have in place to increase the safety for all travellers, including red-light cameras and roundabouts.”

Speed limits are monitored and reviewed regularly to ensure the designated speed is appropriate for road users. Some of the factors considered in the speed limit policy include visibility, traffic volume, pedestrian and cyclist exposure and the number of driveways.

Reasons for revising speed limits include changing land use, such as new developments and traffic patterns, limiting the number of speed changes within a short distance and improving traffic operations by increasing the amount of time drivers have to react to potential hazards.

To notify travellers of the speed limit changes, “new” signs will be posted above speed limit signs at the beginning of each changed speed zone.

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to almost 1.2 million residents, 50,000 businesses and 595,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at york.ca/regionalservices

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Tamara Ostrowski, Corporate Communications Advisor
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675, ext. 71226, Cell: 905-251-6415
Email:  tamara.ostrowski@york.ca

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