Resident requests Willingdon Avenue speed reduction

City councillors to discuss increased traffic enforcement with RCMP

City of Powell River will be looking at lowering the speed limit on Willingdon Avenue in front of Westview ferry terminal.

Willingdon Avenue resident Hanneke Welp appeared before council’s October 3 committee of the whole meeting to ask for the city’s assistance with excessive speeding on the stretch of road in front of her house between Wharf and Courtenay streets.

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"I'm actually amazed there has not been any fatalities,” said Welp.

Mayor Dave Formosa said councillors meet regularly with Powell River RCMP and that they will ask police to increase enforcement, especially during times when the ferry is unloading.

Welp told the committee she regularly sees excessive speeding in front of her home involving drivers coming off the ferry and attempting to avoid the long red light at Wharf Street and Marine Avenue.

“We're talking about a little stretch of road where people are speeding way beyond 50 kilometres per hour,” she said.

Formosa said the road may be a suitable place for the city to set up its digital traffic sign advising drivers on their speed as they go by.

"That will help a lot," said Formosa. "There are some things we can do in that area."

Willingdon Avenue is within the city’s jurisdiction for speed limits, so the committee will recommend to council that city infrastructure staff look at lowering the speed limit on the stretch of road in question to 30 kilometres per hour.

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