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30 km/h speed limits coming for several Delta streets

The effectiveness of the pilot program will be evaluated after implementation and further public feedback
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The implementation of the lower speed limits for the Tsawwassen neighbourhood is scheduled for this spring.

A Slow Streets pilot program is coming for several Tsawwassen streets.

The program will be implemented for Upland Drive, Saratoga Drive and Belair Drive.

It includes a 30 km/h speed limit for the neighbourhood, using signage and portable speed reader boards to remind motorists to reduce their speeds.

Public consultation indicated support for the lower speed limits in the area.

As well, additional traffic calming measures are coming for Upland Drive, given concerns noted by residents along that stretch of roadway, the engineering department notes.

Scheduled for implementation this spring, the pilot program will be evaluated during the year and a follow-up report will be provided to council on whether the changes should be made permanent.

The report also notes that responses received from the public consultation also indicated there is majority support for sidewalks.

That feedback will be taken into consideration when reviewing possible areas for future sidewalk infill programs.

During council's discussion, Mayor George Harvie asked staff to also look into setting up a time restriction for left-hand turns from 52 Street onto Upland Drive.

The city last year also implemented a Slow Streets pilot program in a North Delta neighbourhood bounded by 116 Street to the west, 118 Street to the east, 80 Avenue to the south and 82 Avenue to the north.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in North Delta, the city recently issued a request for proposals for a consultant to undertake design and construction services for major roadway and utility improvements on McAdam Road, between Brook Road and River Road.

The safety improvements include road widening, sidewalk improvements, lighting upgrades and roadway rehabilitation.

The project also includes a watermain replacement.

Resident feedback will be gathered on the preliminary design and a final design is to be completed by this November.