New speed boards installed in Fernie are intended to slow traffic in problem areas. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

New speed boards installed in Fernie are intended to slow traffic in problem areas. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Smile for the speed board: New additions to calm traffic in Fernie

The city has installed two speed boards around town to display driver speed

Drivers will have noticed the City of Fernie has installed two speed boards around town displaying how fast drivers are going.

Installed in the spring, one board is at 13th St near EIDES, while the other is in the Airport subdivision on Mt Minton.

“They were set-up as a traffic calming measure and will be rotated around the community to areas of concern,” said a city spokesperson.

”We expect to keep the one on 13th St. set up in the school zone for at least six months and will be rotating the second board to one of the other identified areas of concern this fall.”

The boards are programmed to read and display a drivers speed, and let them know if they’re going too fast, and give them a thumbs up if they’re going at a safe speed for the area (and below what is signed).

The speed boards were originally suggested as a traffic calming method back at the start of 2021, when Mayor Ange Qualizza said that passing along citizen concerns to the RCMP about speeding was not getting a good response.

READ MORE: Speed boards proposed for Fernie



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