The speed limit on First Avenue will drop to 40 km/h.

First Avenue speed limit dropping to 40 km/h

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure grants permission to lower speed limit

The speed limit on First Avenue in downtown Mission is being dropped to 40 km/h.

Council wanted the speed to be reduced from the current 50 km/h to 30 km/h and made the request to Abbotsford-Mission MLA Randy Hawes, who referred the matter to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) earlier this year.

In a letter dated Oct. 5, the MOTI stated the speed limit for all numbered highways is 50 km/h unless there is a school zone present.

However, in recognition of Mission’s downtown revitalization project, the ministry granted a reduction.

Mission Downtown Business Association’s executive director was disappointed the speed limit wasn’t altered to 30 km/h, but says this is a step in the right direction.

Ronda Cushnie expects traffic calming will come as part of the revitalization plan to make First Avenue a pedestrian-friendly area.

“Our dream is to have wide sidewalks, outdoor cafes, and green up some space,” said Cushnie. “Ultimately, we would like to see an overpass or bypass.”

Council is also not satisfied with the reduction and Coun. Dave Hensman says he will keep fighting for the lower speed.

Mayor Ted Adlem suggested Mission should consider, through the revitalization plan, taking over First Avenue from the provincial ministry.