• Carmen Marie Fabio

Pilot project in place to reduce NDIP speeding


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Four speed bumps have been installed along a stretch of Boulevard Perrot in Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot in an effort to bring a measure of security from area residents against speeding motorists.

In what’s being called a ‘pilot project’ the Ville de Notre-Dame-de-l’Île-Perrot has installed four speed bumps along a stretch of Boulevard Perrot between Pointe-du-Domaine and 101st Avenue in response to complaints issued by a number of young families living in the area.

In May 2016, residents Louis Sewina and Yan Vanbrugghe garnered almost 100 signatures from residents living in the area who wanted anti-speeding measures put in place and deposited it with council and the July NDIP council meeting was inundated with area families, young children in tow, to press the issue.

Council then placed signage on the centre lane at strategic locales and, at the beginning of this June, installed four speed bumps within the roughly three-kilometre stretch.

“It’s a question of security for kids, families, strollers, cyclists, etc.” said Mayor Danie Deschênes at the June 13 council.

Immediately following the installation of the speed bumps, Deschênes said the town received a number of complaints. “Residents don’t want the speed bumps in front of their house, beside their house, behind their house…. Even people who signed the petition called City Hall to complain.” As a result, two of the bumps were moved and reinstalled in order to accommodate some complaints while still aiming to reduce motorists’ speed in the 50 km/hr zone.

Sewina and Vanbrugghe were both in attendance at the meeting and Sewina, a father of three, said that while there may have been some vocal complaints, many residents who’ve stayed silent are pleased with the speed reduction measures. Vanbrugghe said if other residents did not want the bumps in front of their houses, the town was welcome to install them directly in front of his.

Moving one of the speed bumps in response to the complaint leaves a 1.5 kilometre stretch of straight road, as resident Martin Roloff pointed out. “I think we should have more speed bumps. I like the location at (the intersection of) 87th Avenue and would like to see one installed at 81st Avenue.”

Roloff also raised the issue of the apparent lack of Sûreté du Québec (SQ) patrol cars in the area. “I think we don’t have enough patrol cars in the area,” agreed Deschênes. “We do tell them, ‘don’t just stay on Don-Quichotte, go into specific areas’ and they do issue speeding tickets.”

“The bumps are compatible with the fire service vehicles so there’s no risk at that level,” said Deschênes. She said the next step is to analyze the speeding to gauge the efficacy of the bumps.

Council had looked into the feasibility of adding a bike/pedestrian path along that particular stretch of Boulevard Perrot but factoring in the costs of, on one side of the street, modifying the shoreline or, on the other side, moving Hydro-Québec poles and possible property expropriation, the price tag exceeded $10 million. Adding a sidewalk or widening the boulevard itself are equally cost prohibitive.

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