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Foymount Road speed limit lowered

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Pembroke – The speed limit on a seven kilometre stretch of Foymount Road is being lowered since road conditions have deteriorated significantly and repairs are on hold until 2022 or 2023.

“This section of 512 is very, very dangerous,” Mayor Jennifer Murphy said at Renfrew County council recently. “It is not getting any better.”

County council approved a request from Bonnechere Valley to lower the speed limit for a section of the road between 3467 Foymount Road and Miller Road. The existing speed limit will be lowered from 80kph to 60 kph.

While work on Foymount Road was anticipated to be completed this year it has hit a snag because the county has been unable to purchase necessary land for the road re-aligning involved in the construction plan.

A letter to the county from Mayor Murphy noted her council is concerned that the poor condition of the road and excessive speed may result in a severe crash on this stretch.

“The current speed limit on County Road 512 is 80 km/hr. This speed is reasonable on the newly reconstructed portions of the road, however, where the road intersects with Miller Road to (Foymount Road) civic number 3467, the roads condition is greatly deteriorated and the speed limit of 80 km/hr increases the risk of injury to all users of the road,” her letter from BV requesting the reduction stated.

The total distance of the speed limit reduction zone is approximately seven kilometres in length.

It is anticipated by the county this section of road will be reconstructed over the next two years with a design speed of 80 km/hr. As construction is completed it is the intent of the county the road would revert to an 80 km/hr posted speed limit again. Council heard the Public Works and Engineering staff is in favour of a temporary reduction of the posted speed limit until such time as the road has been reconstructed.

Council also heard reconstruction of Foymount Road has been scheduled over two phases, from B257 (Harrington Creek Bridge) to Buelow Road scheduled for 2022 (including replacement of B257) and from Buelow Road to Miller Road scheduled for 2023.

“What measures -- if any -- are we taking to ensure that Foymount Road will be done next year?” questioned Mayor Murphy.

Director of Public Works and Engineering Lee Perkins said staff are still working with landowners to acquire needed property.

“Once that is done, we are confident we will be able to move forward next year,” he said. “That is our goal.”

Warden Debbie Robinson said she knew the county staff have been working diligently with the property owners.

“At the end of the day we need to move forward but we also need the property owners to feel they were well taken care of,” she said

Debbi Christinck, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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