Traffic will be permanently slowed along Ross Road.
Nanaimo city council, at its meeting Monday at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre, voted 7-1 in favour of a staff recommendation for two permanent speed humps along Ross Road between Emerald Drive and Howden Drive.
Two temporary speed humps had been installed there during a recent three-month trial.
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“We found that those were supported by the residents,” said Bill Sims, the city’s senior manager of public works. “The significant finding, also, was that there was a significant reduction in speed of 15 kilometres an hour.”
A staff report authored by transportation manager Jamie Rose noted that Nanaimo Fire Rescue had been consulted and “indicated that the frequency of responses on Ross Road was low and that because of the resulting speed reduction and the overall enhancement to road safety that they support the permanent installation of speed humps.”
Coun. Sheryl Armstrong voted against the staff recommendation and said it was her understanding that the Ross Road speed humps had deterred motorists from that route and created more traffic on Uplands Drive.
Asked where the temporary speed humps would be installed next, Rose said staff hadn’t determined that yet. Coun. Bill Bestwick suggested Boxwood Road.