Slowing traffic in Kenora

KENORA, Ont. — Truckers rolling through Kenora in the coming months should be aware of a proposed change to the local speed limit: It may soon drop to 40 km-h unless otherwise posted.

Warren Spencer, the town’s operations manager, came up with the idea in conjunction with the planned amalgamation of the local municipalities in an effort to harmonize the existing traffic bylaws.

He says a number of neighborhoods have asked to be deemed a community safety zone, in which vehicles must remain under 40 km-h. Spencer says having such zones dotted throughout the city is impractical and is a nightmare for police.

“One block is 40, then the next is 50 and the next 40 again. To simplify, I recommended in my report that has been presented to council to reduce the speed everywhere in the city to 40 km-h (unless otherwise posted) so there is no need for community safety zones,” he says, adding that city police support his concept.

The new traffic bylaw would take at least six weeks to write before council even gets a chance to vote on the issue. If accepted, the speed changes would likely be implemented sometime in July.

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