Weston will likely get another roundabout. City staff have recommended a traffic circle for the intersection of Queenslea and Deerhurst. Community Council will consider the recommendation on October 30. It will cost about $5000.
The roundabout was proposed as an alternative to a four-way stop, which city staff recommended against.
City staff also recommended against lowering the speed limit on Wendell Avenue between Queenslea and Oak to 40 km/h. It is 50 now.
Etobicoke York Community Council overruled the recommendation of city staff and has asked the city to look into speed humps on Purdy Crescent. Residents had asked for them, but staff found that the traffic does not regularly exceed the speed limit, and so they recommended against installing the bumps.
Purdy is a short, narrow street with a stop sign and cars parked on both sides. The limit, however, is 40 km/h. During a traffic survey, staff found that relatively few cars went over the limit (though one managed to reach 64 km/h). Your humble correspondent can see why residents are concerned, however: 40 is a high limit for such a short and difficult street. Among my many skills is the gift of excellent driving; I found 40 to be plenty zippy there.
Council has asked Transportation Services to survey street residents to see if they approve of the humps. This is a requirement before they can be installed, and it is a tough hurdle to cross: half of residents must respond, and 60% must be in favour.
If residents approve, two humps will be installed along the street and the limit will be lowered to 30.
City staff are recommending against installing speed humps on Purdy Crescent. The traffic on the street, which runs from Rosemount to Oak near the Crossroads plaza, does not go fast enough, staff say.
Purdy meets all the other criteria, including volume, grade, and design, and enough community members agree with the proposal. Nonetheless, the fastest 15% of cars go only 4 km/h (and up) over the speed limit. The city says that the fastest 15% of traffic must be speeding at least 10 km/h over the limit.
To your humble correspondent, this seems like a simple confusion. 40 is a like a high speed limit on a short residential street with a sharp bend. People going 44 are going too fast, even if they are only barely over the nominal limit.
The matter will be considered one more time, at Community Council, on September 11.