To better understand existing traffic conditions, several traffic studies on Ross Rd and in the immediate area were conducted in the spring/summer of 2016. These studies confirmed that speeds (85th percentile speed of 65 km/h) and traffic volumes (average weekday daily volume of 3750 vehicles) along Ross Road are high and a significant proportion of traffic (weekday pm peak period, approximately 50%) is shortcutting between the Norwell and Uplands Drive corridors.
Based on existing traffic conditions, speed humps were considered an effective strategy for moderating speeds; a conceptual drawing showing potential locations for speed humps was prepared. The proposed four speed hump layout would moderate speeds within the fastest parts of Ross Road while seeking to minimize inconvenience for legitimate road users using Ross Road to access their neighbourhood.
Figure 1 - Concept Design for Consultation
Speed Hump Advantages
• Speeds on Ross Road will be reduced.
• A safer environment for residents, drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists.
• Self enforcing and creates a visual impression that street is not intended for speeding.
Speed Hump Concerns
• Additional noise may be noticed due to acceleration, deceleration, and passing over the humps.
• Speed humps may slow services such as snow removal and emergency vehicles.
• A portion of the traffic may shift to alternative routes.
If you would like to see an example and drive down a similar traffic calming project, visit Oliver Road between Uplands Drive and Rutherford Road.