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Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Town moves 30 km/h speed limit signs put up on wrong streets
The town removed 30 kmh speed limit signs on William Street, above, after inquiries from The Lake Report. KEVIN MACLEAN


Chautauqua residents spent three years researching solutions to speeding on the community’s narrow streets and then lobbied the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake to implement them.

After much to and fro, the result was a one-year pilot project, launched this month.

It reduced speed limits to 30 km/h from 50 km/h on several streets in the quiet neighbourhood just west of downtown NOTL.

Unfortunately, when town workers installed some of the spanking new signs, they put them up on the wrong streets.

William Street, which leads into Chautauqua, was never part of the pilot project but signs popped up there near Nassau Street over the past week.

And Nassau Street from near Johnson south to Lakeshore Road also was not supposed to be included.

Nor was Lansdowne Avenue.

When a reporter from The Lake Report noticed the signs in the area outside Chautauqua and heard from residents wondering what was going on, we checked with the town.

Sure enough, someone misread or misinterpreted council’s intentions.

“Staff can confirm that an error was made and that signage is being corrected this afternoon,” town spokesperson Marah Minor said Tuesday.

 “The corrected signing will reflect the actual approved motion (of council) along with the notice that was provided to the public,” she said.

“We apologize to the community for this error and appreciate those who have brought it to our attention so that it could be quickly remedied.”

For the record, the roads affected by the speed reduction include Addison Avenue, Circle Street, Dixie Avenue, Froebel Avenue, Luther Avenue, Niagara Boulevard from Palatine Place to Vincent Avenue, Oak Drive, Palatine Place from Circle Street to the dead-end, Shakespeare Avenue, Vincent Avenue, Wesley Avenue, Wilberforce Avenue and Wyckliffe Avenue.

Residents near where the signs were erroneously installed, didn’t seem to mind the change. They just were puzzled when the signs popped up unexpectedly.

“If it means people drive a little slower, then I’m all for it,” one woman commented.

“It’s mainly residents who speed here, anyway. Visitors are too busy taking in the sites to speed.”

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