View Royal council is hoping speed humps will slow down drivers on Burnett Road.
Council approved the move in principle this week after every resident on the street signed a petition asking that something be done to improve safety on the road. Burnett has no sidewalks and is often used by drivers as a shortcut between Island Highway and Helmcken Road.
“What they asked for is speed humps, so we gave them what they asked for,” Coun. Ron Mattson said. “We’ll see how effective that is and if there’s other things that are necessary, we’ll look into doing those.”
The traffic calming measures will add to the 29 speed humps currently in place around View Royal.
Residents of Goldstream Avenue north of Leigh Road have similarly asked for speed humps. The City of Langford has ruled out their use, citing concerns over slowing down emergency vehicles and excess noise, and the general opinion they are ineffective.
“I know we put them on View Royal Avenue when the major roadworks were going on on Island Highway,” Mattson said. People would use the residential road as a detour and speed while doing so, he added. “It seemed to be effective in slowing them down.”
The Burnett Road work has been added to the 2014 budget, which still needs final approval from council.
Council also recommended setting aside $10,000 in 2015 to look into other improvements for the road, potentially including sidewalks.