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:
- Regular use of York Regional Police patrols on the roadway, including monitoring by aircraft
- The use of speed indicator signs to inform drivers of their speeds
- Increased signage, indicating penalties for speeding
- Re-naming Highway 9 to Davis Drive West to reflect this is not a provincial roadway
“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:
- Average daily traffic volumes have increased from 25,000 vehicles per day to approximately 40,000 vehicles per day
- Despite a posted limit of 80 km/h, the average operating speed of vehicles is 100 km/h
- Many motorists travelled the roadway in excess of 120 km/h
“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.
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