Since 10 year old Jasmin Hanif’s death, people living on Evans road have put up their own signs cautioning drivers to slow down. The tragedy has led to serious discussions on the safety of rural roads that are becoming consumed by urbanization.
On Wednesday, city crews put up permanent notifications and will soon install radar signs that show vehicle speeds. Shakeel Hanif says while he’s appreciative of the increased police presence and signage along Evans road, there’s still one sign he hasn’t seen.
“They put a sign up in front of my house at 50 km I was kind of hoping to see 40, that’s what we requested, to drop the speed limit.”
Regardless of what sign goes up, Shakeel says it’s too late.
Waterdown’s population is outpacing it’s infrastructure. Ward 15 councillor Judi Partridge’s office says that years ago, despite the city’s rejection, developers were granted permission by the Ontario Municipal board to build new homes. With it’s population set to reach nearly 40 000 by 2030, residents like Shakeel are concerned that the roads aren’t built to deal with that growth.