City mulls high cost of vehicle speed readers

City staff have taken a look at traffic calming measures for residential streets.

City staff have taken a look at traffic calming measures for residential streets after complaints about speeding came to council.

Engineering staff was asked to look into the cost of Electronic Vehicle Activated Traffic Calming Signs and found that they do not come cheap.

On Monday, Oct. 7, CAO Wayne Staudt said they came back with an estimate of $10,000 if the reader is installed where the sign can be posted on a lamp standard pole or $14,000 if, such as on the way down 2nd Street South, there are no lamp standards to attach to.

The signs read vehicle speeds, and indicate when the vehicle is speeding with an LED message. It doesn’t display the actual vehicle speed.

“The costs are quite significant,” Staudt noted.

“Obviously these signs are not cheap. I think they are very effective.”

He suggested that if council is interested in the signs, that it have a budget discussion to look more closely at the costs.

The other option that staff looked at was painted road signs. That was a much more economical option, with public works estimating each costing $200.

Mayor Wayne Stetski noted that the request came through the Cranbrook in Motion committee which was looking for existing alternatives for slowing traffic down.

“We can take this information back to them and see whether any of the committee members has any recommendations around moving forward,” Stetski said.