Turner Valley motorists will soon see speed limits drop from 50 km/h to 40 km/h within the town of Turner Valley municipal boundaries. This is as a result of recommendations made to Council by the Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee. The change will take effect by the end of April after the new signs have been installed and a public awareness campaign is implemented. Installation work will occur during the week of April 18 – 22. Full details and a map (see below) outlining the location of the new signs are available on the municipal website at www.turnervalley.ca.
The change will affect most streets in Turner Valley with the exception of Main Street, Sunset Blvd, Valley Trail, 16 Avenue, and the non-residential portion of Decalta Road. These will remain at 50km/h. Playground zone signage will also be upgraded at the same time to ensure the all have the same standard and regulations. Going forward, 30 km/h playground zones will be in effect from 7:30 am to 9 pm, that all playground zone signs have the same standard and regulations.
The final number and location of signs was determined after a significant amount of research was conducted. An extensive inventory of existing signs was compiled and mapped, funding was secured and engineering and traffic professionals were consulted. The budget for the project is $38,000 provided through the Basic Municipal Transportation grant (BMTG).
The Pedestrian Safety Advisory Committee was initially established in 2013 to review and make recommendations focused on the obstacles and improvements to pedestrian safety within the town, and to create a safe and walkable community. A wide scope of stakeholders were involved and included representation from the public-at-large, municipal enforcement, Council and staff. Councillor John Waring led the committee and is pleased to see action come out of the recommendations. “The focus of the committee was to make Turner Valley a safer place for residents and visitors alike. This project helps take a huge step toward that goal” As a result of the Committee’s work, the Town has addressed a number of the recommendations including painting numerous crosswalks to allow for a preferred walking route for the Turner Valley School. Mayor Kelly Tuck commented, “Council fully supports this initiative as it helps in assuring the safety of our community. I truly appreciate the effort put forward by the committee volunteers, staff and all the stakeholders.”