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Speed limit to be lowered in west end neighbourhood

The top speed will be 40 km/h in these residential streets
West End Halifax

The speed limit will soon be lowered in a west end neighbourhood.

The Halifax Regional Municipality says the top speed will be 40 km/h in the residential streets bound by Bayers Road, Windsor Street, Chebucto Road and Connaught Avenue in the west end of Halifax.

This includes Young Street from Connaught to Windsor, Cork Street, Liverpool Street, London Street, Edinburgh Street, Berlin Street, Vienna Street, Summit Street, Seaforth Street, Swain Street, Deacon Street, Windcrest Terrace, Willow Street from Windsor to Oxford, Dublin Street and Connolly Street from Bayers to Chebucto.

"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," said HRM in a news release.

Speed limits on public roadways are legislated by the province's Motor Vehicle Act.

"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 municipality added.

"The speed limit reduction in these areas is being implemented following provincial approval based on available data and an assessment of roadway characteristics that meet their qualifications."

HRM staff continue to assess the limits in other neighbourhoods for potential future requests of speed reductions.

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