It may come as a surprise to some, because speed limits rarely come up as a debate at Saskatoon City Council, but Mayor Charlie Clark says, yes, City Council always has the final say on speed limits in the city.
This week’s council meeting led to an impasse over a speed limit for the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge after the administration’s recommendation of 60 kilometres per hour was defeated.
The Mayor points to the area as being unique because of the conservation zone and wildlife corridor – which is the Northeast Swale and he compares it to a similar situation as you would see in a national park. He points out it is a matter of finding a balance between driving at a speed limit comfortable for that stretch of road but doesn’t lead to a lot of wild life kills.
The bridge is slated to open in October just weeks before council next gets to address the speed limit issue at their September 24th meeting.