December 13, 2007

York Regional Council approves recommendations to address speeding and safety concerns on Highway 9

 

Initiative follows concerns raised by King Township and local businesses

 

NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York will implement new measures along Highway 9 between Highway 400 and Yonge Street to help improve traffic safety and reduce traffic speeds.  The move follows an operational review conducted by the Region in October.

 

To manage traffic volumes travelling at high speeds along Highway 9, York Regional Council approved:

 

 

“We have experienced a decrease in accidents along Highway 9, but it is important to respond to the legitimate traffic concerns of our residents and businesses in King Township,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Excessive speeding prevents vehicles from turning onto Highway 9 and increases the potential for accidents.  By educating motorists that Highway 9 is a community road and not a provincial highway, we hope to reduce excessive speeding and improve overall driving conditions.”

 

The operational review was conducted following a request by the Township of King and businesses along the Highway 9 corridor.

 

The Region’s operational review revealed that after Highway 9 was reconstructed in 2000, injuries, fatalities and property damage have all been reduced.  However, the review also found that:

 

 

“Speed is consistently a factor in traffic accidents on our Regional roads,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.  “Despite an improved safety record, we cannot ignore the potential for more accidents if traffic speeds on Highway 9 are not brought into line with posted standards.”

 

Transportation and Works staff will begin implementing the recommendations immediately.  Staff will also make further recommendations for operational improvements to the roadway in February 2008 to the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.

 

For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca

 

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Media Contact:         Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419

                                 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca
 
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