The speed limit for the new Chief Mistawasis Bridge which opens on October 2nd has been decided.
City Council voted 9-2 in favour of establishing a 70 kph speed limit for the new bridge. Previously a speed limit of 60 kph was discussed although that option was defeated in last month’s meeting with a tied vote of 5-5.
The roadway leading from the bridge on the east side of the river passes the northeast swale and some city councilors were looking for a slower speed limit given the amount of wildlife in the area.
Today (Mon), the majority of councilors were in favour of the 70 kph limit after some took the chance to drive the new roadway last week.
The reason why the decision was delayed is because city administration had originally suggested a speed limit of 60 km/h.
The connecting roadway passes through the protected northeast swale, and it was thought the lower speed might help protect wildlife in the area, including moose, deer and coyotes.
On the other hand, it was argued that the slower speeds might make it seem like the city was imposing a speed trap.