The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) wishes to advise motorists traveling on County Road 17 in the Wendover area that the speed limit has temporarily been reduced from 90 km/h to 70 km/h, as a result of safety concerns expressed by area residents.

The decision by UCPR Council to reduce the posted speed limit was taken as a temporary measure until all improvements have been completed in order to increase motorists’ safety in the affected corridor – specifically, at the intersection of County Road 17 and County Road 19 (Du Quai Road). These improvements include new turning lanes and the future installation of traffic signals, as are presently used in other areas along County Road 17.

“Over the past few years, many concerns from ratepayers have been received regarding the need for intersection improvements and a speed reduction in the area,” explained François St-Amour, UCPR Warden.

“In addition, multiple vehicle accidents involving serious injuries – many as a result of high speed – have been responded to over the years by our Emergency Services department. County Council takes these concerns very seriously, and the security of our residents, as well as motorists traveling through Prescott and Russell, will always be our top priority.”

Speed limit signs are regulatory signs, and therefore any reduction or change requires Council’s adoption of a by-law prior to implementation. Furthermore, as per legislation, the installation of any additional signage above the speed limit signs is only to be done for a new stop or a new traffic signal.

“In order to mitigate some of the concerns expressed by our residents to the Public Works department, County Council approved the addition of specific turning lanes at this intersection as part of its 2018 budget,” added Marc Clermont, Director of Public Works for the UCPR. “In the near future, traffic signals will also be installed at this intersection.”