The City of Sherbrooke may have found an inexpensive way to reduce speed in some of its streets. The study conducted in summer 2015 using flexible bollards, these species folding signs installed in the streets for good foot prevention activity, good eye for example, was conclusive enough to recommend their installation in new taxiways.
The path Moulton Hill, where citizens are demanding the speed of mitigation measures for years, was particularly targeted.
“In 2014, one manufacturer offered a new solution to reduce speed in the streets. This is a flexible bollard we moved in the middle of the floor and sides of the street to create a constriction of about 3.25 meters. From the first installation, we noticed an effect on drivers, who reduced their speed, “said Philippe Côté, Engineer Coordinator Division of transport infrastructure in the City of Sherbrooke.
The first test was conducted on Emile Zola Street in 2014. Last year, 18 sites were targeted in response to requests from citizens. “A speed reduction was observed and the people were very disappointed when we remove the bollards to go to experience elsewhere. I like to say that this is an additional tool in our box. ”
Among the advantages of this new method to reduce speed, the reduced cost in comparison with the construction of a donkey. The first installation costs about $ 600 while the subsequent year facility will require expenditures of about $ 150. The life of a bollard is about five years. In comparison, the donkey, often paired with a pedestrian passage and constructed primarily near parks and schools, costs a few thousand dollars.
The bollard can also be easily moved over to validate the effective of a development that would make it permanent. In return, it can only be used in summer, since it is incompatible with winter maintenance.
It was therefore decided to use the bollards in local or collector roads to one lane in each direction in which the measured speed is between 55 and 65 km / h where the speed limit is 50 km / h. The utility and effectiveness of these facilities, which will remain in place from May to November, will be reassessed periodically. Each new complaint will be considered to determine if the installation of bollards is appropriate.
Besides the road Moulton Hill, Galvin Road and the streets Croteau Ernest-Bergeron, LaRocque, the Pilgrims, St. Francis, Gaspé and Sainte-Bernadette will receive their bollards.
The executive committee chairman, Serge Paquin, stressed that a solution was sought long for speed on the road Moulton Hill and this suggestion was greeted with applause at the public safety committee. However, he warned that we should not abuse the bollards. “The door may remain open around parks and schools, but do not be put to install everywhere, otherwise people will get used and bollards will lose their effect. ”
Annie Godbout for his part hoped that the number of young children in neighborhoods is a factor considered in the choice of where bollards will be installed.
Several road projects on hold
Improvements were made to the four corners of the city to ensure greater satisfaction and better security of citizens in connection with the road network. This is the record that stood the City of Sherbrooke, Monday public workshop, improvement work carried out in 2015. Some officials have however the opportunity to make their concerns for safety in their neighborhood, particularly because the ephemeral pavement markings.
Last year, the city counted 275 requests of citizens in connection with the signage, parking, speed, heavy traffic or the protection of cyclists and pedestrians. These complaints were directed among others the choice for investment of $ 850,000 recorded in the operating budget and traffic signaling.
Among the improvements, the intersection “complex” Cross street, the Curé Larocque and Notre Dame, in the borough of Brompton, was reconfigured. “We have paid particular attention to the fact that there was a nearby daycare to extend the sidewalk and make sure there would be room for parking,” says Philippe Côté, Engineer coordinator the Infrastructure division transportation to the City of Sherbrooke.
Mr. Cote added that the 4.1 km of cycle paths and 2.9 km of sidewalks are significant achievements for a single year.
Note that the City has added five crosswalks and stop signs at all approaches the intersection of eight streets. Two new school corridors were also created.
Annie Godbout has however questioned the quality of the paint used for marking in the streets, including the Mi-Vallon Boulevard. “There has been work and marking was done in late August. A few weeks later it was already damaged … ”
Philippe Cote replied that the choice of paint, water based, is standardized. “Otherwise, use of epoxy paint, but it is more tedious, more difficult to implement and is more difficult to make corrections. So there is no real savings. Mi-Vallon, when the pavement is new, the asphalt has not had time to evaporate properly and we actually have to refresh the paint in the spring. ”
Ms. Godbout recalled that a safe passage to cross the boulevard Bourque, at the height of the Mi-Vallon Boulevard, had still not been appointed.
Helene Dauphinais has meanwhile called for a bicycle path that would lead to the Cégep de Sherbrooke and another that would open up the sector Dubreuil. Security in the Street Goupil concern and still hopes a traffic light that would cross the boulevard Saint-François Nord safely.