Safety concerns drop speed limit

Residents of Danallanko Drive presented Armstrong council with a 19-signature petition

An Armstrong neighbourhood has been granted its request to slow down traffic along one of its roadways.

Residents of Danallanko Drive presented Armstrong council with a 19-signature petition, asking council to reduce the existing speed limit from 50 km/h to 30 km/h, due to the number of young children that play on the street.

“In the year-and-a-half we’ve been here, we’ve noticed people – for whatever reason – try to avoid the four-way stop at Rosedale (Avenue) and Okanagan (Street) and they come whipping down our road,” said Jolene Cowden who, along with her husband, Pat, spearheaded the signage request.

“My 10-year-old son said it wasn’t just kids that should be worried but a lot of seniors walk down our road, and he’s right.”

Council voted unanimously in favour of the request, much to Cowden’s delight.

“We have approved these in the past,” said Coun. John Trainor, part of the city’s public works committee. “Of 29 properties on that road, 19 have signed the petition. That is sufficient for us to send a request to staff to put signs on the road.”

Cowden said it was her son, Zach Seymour, and his friend, Joey Fidler, who took the petition around to all of the homes on Danallanko Drive.

“Everybody signed the petition, I just lost the third sheet before I could present it to council,” laughed Cowden.

The signs will read “Slow – Children playing – 30 km/h.”

Staff will determine the best place to erect the signage.