The City of Colwood will be looking at the cost of installing temporary speed cushions in several areas, including four along the length of Ocean Boulevard, in an effort to get drivers to slow down. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Colwood eyes speed cushions near Esquimalt Lagoon

City investigating several options to reduce speed

The City of Colwood will be moving forward with traffic calming measures to help reduce speeding near Esquimalt Lagoon.

Staff will look at the cost of installing temporary speed cushions in several areas, including four along the length of Ocean Boulevard, as well as placing two temporary speed cushions on Anchorage to Aloha avenues, on Hockering Road to Hatley Drive, on Hockering and Aloha on Lagoon Road, and on Aloha and Anchorage on Lagoon.

Staff will also look at the possibility of closing off a portion or all of Hatley Drive or making it a one-way street on a temporary basis to measure the effect it has on commuter traffic.

RELATED: Residents call on Colwood to take action against speedsters near Esquimalt Lagoon

For the last several years, residents on Milburn Drive, Lagoon Road and Ocean Boulevard have seen an increasing number of cars speeding through the area going anywhere from 10 kilometres to 40 kilometres an hour over the posted 40 km/h speed limit.

Last June, speed readers were installed to help gather information, however, residents say many drivers continue to use the area as a cut through to avoid Metchosin Road.

RELATED: Residents near Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood are concerned about speeding

Before traffic calming measures can be implemented, the City must send out a survey to the surrounding neighbourhoods. The City’s traffic calming policy states that measures will only be considered if 50 per cent of the surveys are returned, and 75 per cent of returned surveys must endorse a specific measure for the City to proceed with the work.


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