City staff to recommend speed reduction on Airport Rd.

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City staff to recommend speed reduction on Airport Rd.

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Post by Head Honcho » Mon Jun 19, 2017 6:59 am

TIMMINS - A minor crash on Airport Road Friday morning forced traffic to be diverted through the Melrose area for nearly an hour.

The crash involved a school bus and a passenger sedan.

There were no students on the school bus at the time, and there were no serious injuries reported.

The crash occurred just days before the City of Timmins engineering department is set to make a recommendation to city council to lower the maximum speed limit on part of Airport Road.

The report said the recent development along Airport Road has prompted the department to review speed limits. The report said the area of concern is that portion of Airport Road from Theriault Boulevard through to the Lafleur Drive bridge.

Development has included the creation of a new hotel complex and a new Tim Hortons restaurant, just down the hill from Theriault Boulevard.

There has been controversy over the development owing to the fact that a site plan agreement approved four years ago said that the developer would install proper traffic lights, at his cost, at the intersection of Airport Road and Westmount Boulevard, before the coffee shop was opened in December.

That did not happen. Building developer Cy Rheault approached city council last fall to explain the difficulty in acquiring proper traffic lights because of a backlog in orders. Rheault asked for a grace period extending to June 30, 2017.

In May, it was revealed to city council that the work on installing new traffic lights would not be done by the June deadline. It was possible the work might begin in July, council was told, but there was still difficulty in obtaining the correct traffic light controller device. Council has taken no action on the matter other than to approve a temporary pedestrian crossing at Westmount.

Taking all that into account, a report on the city’s pre-agenda for June 20 shows a recommendation to drop the maximum speed from 60 kilometres per hour down to 50 kph.

“Due to the increase in pedestrian crossing movements we felt it would be prudent to maintain the 50 km/hr zone through the intersection at Westmount,” said the report.

“This area is a growth area with several schools, a community college as well as commercial, institutional and residential developments.”

http://www.timminstimes.com/2017/06/17/ ... airport-rd

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Another pointless gesture when there is never anyone around to enforce the speed limits. IMO.

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Post by DenBen » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:03 am

Honestly, I would have thought it was already that speed. 50 km/h would be a normal speed limit, like most urban areas. It's not like that road is 4 lanes wide and designed for heavy traffic.

As for the traffic light excuses about trouble ordering parts.......

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It goes from 50 to a mind blowing 60 as you pass Westmount, heading toward the airport.

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Post by Loco101 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:45 pm

It's not a speed limit issue. And I agree that it's total BS that Cy Rheault can't get the proper traffic lights. What a lie!!!

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Post by Riskynet » Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:01 am

It's funny that Cy Rheault can't afford to put up traffic lights when they have many other construction contracts in other northern cities, it's almost like there two different companies.

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:57 am

Yesterday I watched as pedestrians were being honked and yelled at while trying to cross the road.

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:15 am

Council have voted to lower the limit here, problem solved.

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Post by DenBen » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:01 am

Riskynet wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:01 am
It's funny that Cy Rheault can't afford to put up traffic lights when they have many other construction contracts in other northern cities, it's almost like there two different companies.
They just know they can get away with that crap in Timmins.

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Post by Loco101 » Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:17 pm

DenBen wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:01 am
Riskynet wrote:
Thu Jun 22, 2017 5:01 am
It's funny that Cy Rheault can't afford to put up traffic lights when they have many other construction contracts in other northern cities, it's almost like there two different companies.
They just know they can get away with that crap in Timmins.
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Post by Head Honcho » Wed Jun 28, 2017 8:29 am

Workers have been there marking underground utility lines, things are really happening now.

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:02 am

They put a big stick in the ground.
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Post by DenBen » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:03 am

They sure are giving you entertainment.

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:20 am

Almost as good as the fireworks the last 3 nights.

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Post by DenBen » Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:26 am

We had our big show on Monday night on the river. It rained and was windy and they still did it..

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:01 pm

They put a matching giant stick on the Tim Horton's side. I think those are to bring affordable Ontario electricity to the traffic lights, some day.

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Post by DenBen » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:17 pm

Are they going to be running on solar power?

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:29 pm

Probably gonna tap into my house somehow.

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Post by DenBen » Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:52 pm

Ask if you can control them too. [snicker

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Post by Head Honcho » Thu Jun 29, 2017 4:09 pm

Upon closer inspection I see they put up 4 posts.

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Post by Loco101 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:05 pm

Probably temporary traffic lights going up. And I do hope that they bill Cy Rheault.

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Post by Head Honcho » Sun Jul 02, 2017 2:48 pm

New speed limit is working perfectly BTW. Traffic is down to a crawl now.

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