Canterbury Park residents are glad to see some effort being made to reduce the speed limit along Pandora Avenue East.
At East Kildonan-Transcona Community Committee on Nov. 19, Coun. Russ Wyatt (Transcona) introduced a motion to lower the speed limit along Pandora between Redonda Street and Ravenhurst Street from 70 km/h to 50 km/h. The motion will now be forwarded to the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works, which will do its own study and make a recommendation.
Wyatt said the motion isn’t one he would have proceeded with without written support from residents, as the decision is ultimately that of the provincial government’s Highway Traffic Board. Wyatt said he has received a letter of support from MLA Daryl Reid (Transcona), so he feels confident there will be a reduction of some nature. The province will have the final say as to whether the limit is reduced to 50 km/h or only to 60 km/h.
Reid said he has long supported the "frustrated" residents in their quest for a slower speed limit. He made clear, though, that he has no direct involvement with setting the speed limits, as under the Highway Traffic Act, a municipal board must approach the Highway Traffic Board with its request.
The entire process could take up to a year to complete.
Wyatt cited the boom in the Canterbury Park neighbourhood as making the motion necessary, as he said he’s heard concerns from residents who back onto that section of Pandora.
"Three, four, five years ago, those homes never existed, and now they’re there," Wyatt said. "Surely, they knew when they bought their homes there that they’d be backing onto a regional street and that the speeds were higher, but they are still requesting a speed reduction."
Ed Golding Bay resident Ryan Stolz started a campaign to have the speed limit reduced shortly after moving into his new home approximately a year-and-a-half ago. Stolz’s backyard is mere feet from the high-speed area, and there is a regular rumble of semi-trucks and Winnipeg Transit buses, among other vehicles, going along the road.
"It’s going to make the neighbourhood more enjoyable," Stolz said. "(It’ll be nicer) sitting outside enjoying your yard, being outside without having to listen to that or feel it."
Stolz’s neighbour, Peter Breuer, said drivers don’t tend to obey the speed limit, which compounds matters, especially with an active transportation path on the north side of Pandora.
"When there’s a 70 km/h speed limit, people aren’t going 70 km/h. They’re taking advantage of that, and they’re going five to 10 kilometres over that, so it becomes 80," Breuer said. "Having that type of speed so close to the residential area creates a safety hazard."
Breuer said the Plessis Road closure to create an underpass at the CNR Redditt line has exacerbated the issue with a dramatic increase in traffic on Pandora.