Tay Valley Township has voted to endorse the notion of faster speeds on Highway 7.
Council voted to ask the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to increase the speed limit at the beginning of the eastbound portion of the four-lane Hwy. 7 to 100 km/h, and that the 80 km/h speed limit on the westbound portion of the highway be replaced with a 100 km/h speed limit. Council also voted to ask that the 60 km/h portion of the road be replaced with an 80 km/h speed limit, and that a new 60 km/h zone be established closer to Carleton Place.
“This came up at county council because people wanted it to go to the local tiers,” said Deputy Reeve Susan Freeman at the committee-of-the-whole meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
Coun. Mark Burnham, who chaired the meeting, remarked on what he saw as “the stupidity of the speed limits as you leave Carleton Place. It’s 60, then 80, and it’s a divided, four-land highway. It’s kind of a no-brainer.”
The motion passed unanimously.