On August 10, City Council approved changes to speed limits on some roads around the City.
Most roads will remain unchanged, however, some will be increased or decreased by around 10 km per hour. Decreases to the speed limits help reduce the number of collisions resulting in injury on high-volume roadways.
Why We Change Speed Limits
There are two reasons for changing speed limits:
- To ensure the consistent application of national standards, and
- To improve road safety in the City.
The speed limit changes help ensure the signs along City roads are in compliance with national guidance and best practice (Transportation Association of Canada).
Speed limits decreases occur to improve overall road safety, reduce the likelihood of collisions, and reduce the likelihood of injury when a collision occurs.
The City’s Traffic Engineers assessed data from RCMP collision reports and determined excessive speeding contributes to many accidents on some traffic corridors. Reducing the overall speed of traffic at these locations will not only reduce the number of future collisions but also the severity of the collisions that do occur.
Most noticeable, Resources Road between 92 Avenue and 84 Avenue is reduced to 60 km per hour and the Wapiti Road/Hwy 40 Corridor north of 68 Avenue, around the College, is reduced to 60 km per hour.
Impact on Travel Time
Reducing the speed limit may increase travel times by a few seconds per km. But, the reduction in speed significantly reduces road traffic collisions and the injuries sustained during those collisions. In addition, the reduction in traffic speeds will help reduce ongoing maintenance and operating budgets and traffic borne noise, vibrations and air pollution.