Speeds to be reduced on several Centre Wellington roads

CENTRE WELLINGTON – Get your foot off the gas.

Speed limits are about to be reduced on several roads in Centre Wellington after council approved a new posted speed limit bylaw on Nov. 27.

While the default speed limits will remain 50km/h in built-up areas and 80km/h in rural areas in the township, posted speeds will be reduced on several roads identified through a metric developed by township staff.

Staff also identified a neighbourhood south of the Grand River in Elora as an ideal location for the 40km/h neighbourhood pilot program.

The York Street East neighborhood between Waterloo Street and Bridge Street in Elora includes sections of those three roads plus Clark Street, Fisher Street and Halls Drive.

The township received numerous speed concerns about speeding in this neighbourhood on its “Report It” speed concern website, and the street layout is ideal for the pilot program, manager of engineering Adam Gilmore noted in his report.

In addition, the township recommended reducing speeds along Gerrie Road. From Colborne Street to Sideroad 15, the limit will be 50km/h; between Sidreroad 15 and Wellington Road 17 it will be 60km/h.

To a question from councillor Bronwynne Wilton, Gilmore noted the speed on St. Andrew Street East near John Black Public School will be reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h, “and we will look at other safety enhancing measures in 2024,” he said.

Signs will be posted over winter and spring.

The complete list of impacted streets is included in the council agenda package.