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La Broquerie amends speed limits

By: Jordan Ross

Posted: 07/9/2019 8:53 AM

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La Broquerie council has cemented speed limit changes for municipal roadways that take effect immediately.

Council voted 6-1 to implement a speed limit bylaw containing recommendations generated by public works supervisor Ron Kowalchuk.

Councillor Darrell Unger dissented over what Reeve Lewis Weiss said was an objection to truck route speed limits being lowered to 80 km/h from 90 km/h.

"We did talk about possibly leaving some of the truck routes at 90 (km/h), but at the end of the day, we just thought maybe it would be a bit confusing," Weiss explained.

Bilingual signage is expected to go up over the next year.

Speed limits on all LUD roadways were capped at 50 km/h, with the exception of Normandeau Bay, which was lowered to 30 km/h.

Rural roads south of Highway 52 are governed at 80 km/h. That rises to 90 km/h for rural roads south of Provincial Road 303, unless otherwise posted.

Several 60 km/h zones take effect for some rural residential neighbourhoods between Steinbach and La Broquerie, including Ekron-Oswald Road between Road 36N and Highway 52; Kokomo Road between Road 36N and Highway 52; and Borland Road between Loewen Boulevard and Granite Cove.

Travel on Loewen Boulevard is limited to 70 km/h between Hirschfeld Road North and Provincial Road 210.

The new bylaw makes La Broquerie one of the first municipalities in the region to use its newfound authority to set speed limits on municipal roads, following the province’s dissolution of the Highway Traffic Board earlier this year.

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