July 10, 2019 3:20 pm
Updated: July 11, 2019 11:13 am

40 km/hr speed limit coming to all neighbourhood streets in Hamilton

City council is expected to sign off Friday on a plan to lower neighbourhood speed limits to 40 km/hr on all local and minor collector roadways.

Ken Mann

City council is expected to sign off Friday on a plan to lower speed limits within the boundaries of all neighbourhoods in Hamilton to 40 kilometres per hour over the next three years.

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The 40 km/hr limit will apply to “minor” and “collector” roadways within neighbourhoods and the speed reduction program will also reduce limits to 30 kilometres an hour in the vicinity of schools.

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Edward Soldo, Hamilton’s director of transportation operations, says signage will go up in 45 neighbourhoods this year.

READ MORE: New speeding education campaign aims to make Hamilton roads safer

Speaking to the public works committee, which gave initial approval Wednesday morning, Soldo adds that the entire project, at a cost of $2.5 million, will be completed over three years.

LISTEN: Bill Kelly talks with Downtown area Councillor Jason Farr about dropping the speed limit on residential streets to 40 km/h

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The lower speed limits will not apply to any higher-capacity “arterial” roads or to a section of the city’s north end where a 30 km/hr speed limit pilot program is being conducted.

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Until now, changes to speed limits within neighbourhoods have been made on a street-by-street basis, but Bill 65 — the province’s safer school zones act — now allows municipalities to set speed limits within a “designated area.”

The City of Hamilton says it receives about 700 complaints each year about speeding and aggressive driving on residential streets.

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