Residents hoping for a speed reduction along the Trans-Canada Highway through Pynn’s Brook won’t be seeing it any time soon, the provincial Department of Transportation says.
Those who live in the town between Deer Lake and Pasadena have been asking for the speed limit to be lowered from the current 100 km/hr because of safety concerns.
The department said in a statement late Friday afternoon that reducing speed limits on the highway, “(Does) not measurably increase the safety of vehicles passing through or those existing or entering the TCH.”
The release also says the conversion of the passing lane into a left-hand turning lane, for individuals who enter and exit onto the highway, would not provide an increase in safety.
The province released the information after a story appeared in the Friday edition of The Western Star about residents signing a third petition in the last year to prompt the Transportation Department to reduce the speed limits.
Residents have been complaining of accidents and close calls in the area as they slow down to enter their properties, and most want to see the speed limit lowered to at least 80 km/h.
The emailed released did state that the department has agreed to install additional “left-hand turning vehicles” signs to warn approaching traffic, and that other options would be considered in the future when the highway in the area is upgraded to a divided highway.