Below you will find Traffic Study Reports for 3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW as well as for 2nd Street SW (cemetery road)
As a result of both Traffic Study Reports, Council has begun initial public consultation for the possibility of reducing speed limits within Town Limits. Follow the link below for more information
* * *
3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW Traffic Study
In February of 2021, Town of Falher council received a letter from a resident requesting that a Stop Sign be installed for North and South traffic at the intersection of 3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW. Effectively making it a 4-way Stop. The letter discussed speeding vehicles posing a safety concern to the residents, especially for children playing in the neighbourhood. This intersection is approximately 171 meters from Friendship Hill Park.
Upon receipt on the resident’s letter, council passed Resolution 21-69 to accept the letter as information. Council instructed administration to obtain traffic data from this intersection in order to accurately assess the situation and make an informed decision.
Traffic data was collected for Northbound traffic for approximately 3 weeks during August, and
Southbound traffic data was collected for 1 week at the end of August.
This information will be further presented to the public for consultation at the next Town of Falher Open House. (Date TBD).
In consideration of both Northbound and Southbound Traffic, 14.45% of travellers were in excess of the speed limit, while 85.55% of travellers were within the speed limit.
At this time, with the current data, Administration is not recommending the installation of a Stop Sign at the intersection of 3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW. Given the overwhelming majority of travellers within the speed limit, the installation of a stop sign in order to reduce speeding at this intersection could be seen as a disproportionate hinderance to the significant number of travellers already in compliance.
Council may wish to collect further data in order to increase accuracy, explore a speed limit change, conduct neighbourhood education on the dangers of speeding, or any combination thereof. Should council wish, they may also decide to proceed with taking no further action.
The final report of 3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW Traffic Study was accepted as presented by Town of Falher council on September 20, 2021. (Resolution #21-314)
* * *
2nd Street SW Traffic Study
Throughout Spring and early Summer of 2021 Council discussed the issues surrounding 2nd Street SW, as well as its overall future. Council has decided to systematically evaluate the issues. These include road condition, dust control, and speeding. From late August through to early October of 2021 a Traffic Study was conducted on 2nd Street.
In consideration of all travellers in the study, 22.75% of travellers were in excess of the speed limit, while 77.26% of travellers were within the speed limit. Compared to a previous traffic study conducted at 3rd Ave SW & 1st Street SW only 14.45% of travellers were in excess of the speed limit.
If the anecdotal evidence mentioned above is to be taken at face value, more than 22% would be speeding. This would then indicate that action should be taken to reduce speeding.
Council may wish to have bylaw enforcement conduct periodic stops, in addition to a possible speed limit change. The possibility of installing speed bumps is also an option.
The final report of 2nd Street SW Traffic Study was accepted as presented by Town of Falher council on November 10, 2021. (Resolution #21-433)