City of Windsor unveils .3 22.3 million road safety plan

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Windsor’s ambitious new road safety plan will include red light cameras across the city, the ability to change the flow of traffic in real-time, and high-tech sensors that give cyclists the right of way at intersections automatically.

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Ten new red light cameras will go live soon, and tickets will not be discounted.

“Highway traffic laws do not allow any vehicle to pass through a red light,” said Shawna Box, the city’s senior manager of traffic operations. “Even emergency vehicles, they have to come to a complete stop and then move on. We will provide some further instructions and work with the funeral home on this subject, but the funeral ticket will be issued if they proceed through the red light. “

We get a lot of complaints, concerns about speed, on the main road

Box, Senior Engineer of Transportation Planning Jeff Hagan and Mayor Drew Dilkens held a digital media conference on Thursday to highlight the plan. The city will spend $ 22.3 million on road safety over the next 10 years, including $ 2 million in 2022.

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A newly installed traffic camera at the junction of Ouellette Avenue and Giles Boulevard is seen on Thursday, December 23, 2021.
A newly installed traffic camera at the junction of Ouellette Avenue and Giles Boulevard is seen on Thursday, December 23, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Dilken said the red light cameras will be launched by January 1.

“Free and fair warning,” he said. “You have at least a week. We will reveal all the intersections so that no one is surprised. And don’t forget, all these intersections are well signed. We are not trying to hide traffic cameras. “

He said the city was working to find routes with funeral homes that would help avoid intersections with red light cameras.

Tickets for a red light run $ 325. Tickets are given to the owner of the car, regardless of who was driving.

Here are where the cameras are installed: OneDot Street East on Goyeu Street; University Avenue West on Crawford Avenue; Erie Street East on Goyeu Street; Eastward EC Row Expressway off Ramp Howard Avenue; Huron Church Road west of Tecumseh Road; Eugenie Street East on McDougall Street; McHugh Street on Clover Avenue; Wyandotte Road on Ouellette Avenue; Wellet Avenue on Giles Boulevard; And Seminole Street Central Avenue.

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Thursday, December 23, 2021, Drouillard Rd.  Traffic is seen in 1000 blocks, where pedestrian traffic is often heavy.
Thursday, December 23, 2021, Drouillard Rd. Traffic is seen in 1000 blocks, where pedestrian traffic is often heavy. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

The city is also installing high-tech traffic sensors called Vantage Next to detect pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and e-bikes. In addition to providing real-time traffic data to traffic engineers on active transport, the system will change traffic lights for cyclists.

“It may take a few seconds because it will run on the bike as it is now, but it will change so that they will be green and the opposition traffic will be red so that they have to cross the intersection safely,” Box said. “Scooters, the same thing for motorcycles.”

The first system is now in operation on Luzon Road and Spitfires Way. Box says 15 more locations are planned for 2022.

The city will spend an additional $ 500,000 with provincial funding for 55 new 360-degree CCTV cameras. Box said 13 old cameras are being replaced and 42 additional cameras are being added.

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“This system will allow our signal workers to adjust and monitor the signal system real-time to increase security and traffic flow in the city,” he said.

By March 2022, Dilkens said there would probably be 200 cameras in the vicinity of Windsor.

Thursday, December 23, 2021, Drouillard Rd.  Traffic is seen in 1000 blocks, where pedestrian traffic is often heavy.
Thursday, December 23, 2021, Drouillard Rd. Traffic is seen in 1000 blocks, where pedestrian traffic is often heavy. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Another $ 1.2 million will go to other priorities next year, including the appointment of an active transport engineer and a transport planning coordinator. The city is also moving forward with a “Vision Zero” task force aimed at eliminating casualties and serious injuries in accidents.

Each councilor has been allocated $ 10,000 to calm traffic in their ward. The city will also expedite temporary traffic calm measures at the request of councilors to respond quickly to residents’ concerns.

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Hagan said the permanent speed control system will be implemented on Druillard Road next year. The city is considering similar initiatives at Kildare Road, Pilates Road, Machet Road, South National Street, Tecumseh Road West, Cabana Road and County Road 42.

“We’ve come up with a new arterial speed control program,” Hagan said. “It simply came to our notice then. We get a lot of complaints, concerns about speed, on the main road. It will address those concerns directly. “

twilhelm@postmedia.com

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