This morning the Town of Bracebridge announced that access to the southbound lane of Wellington Street North from Manitoba Street is fully open to vehicular traffic. Access to the northbound lane of Manitoba Street from Wellington Street North is also open.
In 2020, Public Works Department staff completed a traffic study of the Wellington Street North corridor to
review ongoing concerns with traffic movements related to speed, stop control disobedience, traffic volumes
and truck traffic. The data collection took place over separate date ranges from June to November 2020
and through two different electronic collection devices. The review of the traffic data determined that the
increased traffic flows on Wellington Street North were from cut through traffic, which can be defined as
traffic that utilizes other roadways to bypass other roads, traffic congestion or as short cuts. The data
revealed a direct correlation between southbound traffic and volume during the day periods where the data
was collected. These counts are significantly higher than correlating northbound traffic, concluding that the
increased traffic flow is related to cut through traffic.
As a result, Council directed staff to initiate a trial traffic calming improvement project at Wellington Street
North. During this trial traffic calming project, Town staff have been collecting traffic data from Wellington
Street North as well as other area roads to determine any changes in traffic volumes on those roads due
to the trial traffic calming project. The collected data will be reviewed with a staff report prepared and
presented to Council providing information on the results and impacts of the trial traffic calming project.
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