Blackfalds reduces speed to 40km/hr within town limits

Blackfalds lowers speed limits on streets

to 40 km/h

The Town of Blackfalds has reduced the speed limit on its streets to 40 kilometres per hour.

Town council has approved the 10-kilometre speed zone reduction on all roadways with the exception of selected arterial roads, and school and playground zones, where the speed limit is lower.

“Council’s objective through this decision was to increase the safety of our residents through the reduction of speed limits,” said Mayor Richard Poole, noting the decision had broad support.

“It is our intention to also host a public hearing to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to voice their concerns and support for this initiative,” he added.

Speed reduction within the community has been a discussion for a number of years and it came to the forefront during the election last year. Following the feedback, the town consulted with stakeholders to determine the benefits and effects of a change, which affects most roads in the community.

School and playground zones will remain at 30 kilometres per hour, and Highway 2A, where speed limits fall under provincial jurisdiction, will remain as posted.

The change will come into effect on April 15, giving the town time to educate drivers about the upcoming reduction.

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