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Speed limits may be reduced on some roads
Niagara-on-the-Lake council will consider lowering speed limit on some streets. (Dariya Baiguzhiyeva/Niagara Now)

Some Niagara-on-the-Lake residents have safety concerns about speeding and heavy traffic in their residential areas.

At the council meeting Monday night, Coun. Norm Arsenault made a motion to reduce speed limits on some roads, particularly those with gravel surfaces.

The motion proposed to reduce speed limits to 60 km/h from 80 km/h on Line 3, between Niagara Stone Road and Townline Road, and on Line 1, between Concession 4 and Concession 2.

Arsenault also suggested that any gravel roads with a speed limit over 60 km/h should be reduced to 60 km/h.

He said Niagara Regional Police also requested lowering the speed limit to 50 km/h from 60 km/h on Airport Road, between Queenston Road and York Road.

Ever since new homes were built in that area, people have been exceeding the speed limit, he said. “(Police) stopped numerous and numerous people there."

Coun. Allan Bisback agreed that 80 km/h on a gravel road is too fast, but said he wants to make sure proper research was done before any decision is made.

Director of operations Sheldon Randall said the town wouldn’t change any speed limit without data to back it up.

Arsenault's motion went to the town's transportation committee on Tuesday.

The newly formed committee referred the motion back to town staff for more data.

"The issue with the speed limit is there has to be a survey done, there's a process to go through," Arsenault told the Lake Report. "You just can't come out and say 'I want to change the speed limit'. You actually have to do road analyses and surveys. There will be a report coming back to the transportation committee next month."