Vaudreuil-Dorion continues to lobby for Route de Lotbinière speed limit reduction
By John Jantak
PHOTO COURTESY SHUTTERSTOCK
The city has been lobbying the Quebec Ministry of Transport for a decade to lower the speed limit on Route de Lotbinière from 90 km/h to 70 km/h with no luck.
The Ville de Vaudreuil-Dorion has put in another request to the provincial Ministry of Transport to have the speed limit on Route de Lotbinière reduced from 90 km/h to 70 km/h. The request was unanimously adopted by council at their last council meeting on January 18.
The city has been unable to get the province to reduce the speed limit even though it has made the same request to the province for the past 10 years. For Mayor Guy Pilon, the issue is about making sure everyone who uses the road including cyclists can do so safely.
Making the same request every year
“The speed limit on some parts of the road is 90 km/h. This is nonsense,” Pilon told The Journal. “We don’t even have that kind of speed limit on certain parts of Highway 20. On Île-Perrot the speed limit is 70 km/h. We’ve been making the same request every year. We also have dedicated bicycle lanes on both sides of de Lotbinière. We want to make sure the cyclists who use the road can so it safely.”
The problem with the current speed limit is that many people exceed it and this creates a dangerous situation not only for cyclists but for school buses as well. “Now that there’s been a change in personnel we hope the Ministry of Transport will accept our proposal,” he said.
When asked whether he knew when the ministry would reply to the city’s speed limit reduction request, Pilon said he had no idea. “If you were to ask me about god, I’d be able to give you answer,” he said. “But with the Ministry of Transport, it’s impossible.”