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District Spends $138,000 on Speed Activated Signs

Posted: 2018-06-21 07:05:12 By: hbr

The District of Muskoka is doubling down on vehicle activated speed signs.

During Monday night's council meeting, it was agreed to up the District’s complement of the signs from three to 10.

The signs are typically activated by excessive speeds, which then display the speed and advise the motorist to slow down.

Ten areas have been singled out for the signs - including Santa’s Village Road, and a request for four units located at various spots along Highway 117 - at a cost of $138,000.

Muskoka Lakes Mayor Don Furniss was sceptical of the plan, saying the signs had little effect on motorists after the first couple of weeks. He urged council to consider other traffic calming measures like speed bumps.

Fred Jahn, commissioner of Engineering and Public Works, said they had held multiple public meetings on the subject and the signage had been the number one suggestion.

Jahn said it isn’t the perfect solution, but where it has been used it has proved effective.  He said they will monitor the effectiveness of the signs and if they prove successful the District will likely seek more.