Big Lakes County installed flashing crosswalk signs at the intersection of Peace River Avenue and Lakeshore Drive in the Hamlet of Joussard. The speed limit was also reduced from 50 km/hr to 40km/hr with the exemption of the following sections of road: Township Road 735A from Highway 2 east approximately 590m to the Hamlet of Joussard boundary; Range Road 134 from Highway 2 north approximately 1.8 km; Range Road 142 from Highway 2 north to Township Road 742A; Township Road 742A from Range Road 142 east to Range Road 140; and Range Road 140 from Township Road 742A north to the end of municipal roadway.
These traffic safety measures were advocated by the Joussard Community Association and supported by a community input meeting held on October 2, 2019. The meeting was an opportunity for Joussard residents to voice their opinions on the proposed changes. The results from the questionnaire handed out during the meeting indicated that 32 residents approved the removal of the stop signs as opposed to 16 who were against it. Furthermore, 26 residents approved the speed limit reducing to 40km/hr on Peace River Ave from Range Road 140 east to Shadow Creek Resort as opposed to 25 who were against it.
Richard Simard, Reeve of Big Lakes County and President of the Joussard Community Association said, “Our Association is very pleased with not only the results but with the turnout at the community meeting. One of our goals as an Association has always been to work with the residents of Joussard to build a safer community, and I feel that we are stepping in the right direction.”
Victoria Zahacy, Communications Coordinator
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