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HRM gets provincial approval to lower speed limits in three neighbourhoods

Speed limits will be reduced from to 40 km/h in the Glengarry Estates, Russell Lake West and Oakmount neighbourhoods
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The Halifax Regional Municipality is advising residents that speed limits will be reduced from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in the Glengarry Estates, Russell Lake West and Oakmount neighbourhoods.

Crews will begin posting new signage today. Work is expected to take approximately one week to complete.

This initiative, which reflects Council’s focus on making communities safer by reducing speeding in residential neighbourhoods, is part of the municipality’s road safety actions to move toward zero fatalities and injuries for people using any mode of transportation.

The Province of Nova Scotia legislates speed limits on public roadways – via the Nova Scotia Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) which provides for a default speed limit of 50 km/h. The MVA allows for the municipality to request posted speed limits below 50 km/h if accompanied by necessary documentation including current operating speeds and roadway characteristics.

The speed limit reduction in these neighbourhoods is being implemented following provincial approval based on available data and an assessment of roadway characteristics that meet their qualifications. Municipal staff continue to assess other neighbourhoods for possible speed reduction implementation in the future. Once identified by municipal staff, applications to the province will be submitted for consideration.  

Your patience and understanding is appreciated while this work is underway.

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