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Drive Slowly: North Bay Lowers Speed Limit near Cascades Casino

Cascades Casino North Bay is currently under construction, but preparation work for its optimized future operation is also in progress. City Council decided to implement some limitations and set a 60 km/h speed limit in the vicinity of the future casino venue. Pinewood Park Drive is about to make it mandatory for drivers to reduce their speed in the area where Gateway Casinos & Entertainment would soon oversee gambling operation.

Thinking about residents’ safety and implementing speed limit has been in the works for quite some time now. Casino venues are usually areas of great traffic, including both vehicles and pedestrians, which calls for the increased caution of drivers. Last fall saw the extensive sturdy on future casino impact conducted by Dillon Consulting. It concluded that a speed limit might be beneficial.

Changes about to Take Place Soon

A speed limit of 60 km/h in the vicinity of the future casino venue is projected to minimize risks of accidents and unfortunate events involving vehicles making their way to the casino venue or individuals walking in the area. It should also be taken into account that the roadworks and reconstruction expected to take place in the area would also utilize the lower speed limit.

Road optimization proposed earlier this year is estimated to cost more than CA$3 million to City coffers and casino operator. It would result in the introduction of a roundabout at the intersection of Lakeshore and Pinewood Park drives. This project would aim to optimize traffic flow to and fro the casino complex, projected to draw a crowd.

A new casino project powered by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment is about to transform North Bay into one of the hotspots in the region. The speed limit is expected to be implemented at the beginning of 2020, making it possible for players to get used to the changes ahead of the casino complex opening ceremony.

Cascades Casino North Bay Launches in 2020

Gateway Casinos has projected that Cascades Casino North Bay could welcome its first casino patrons by June 2020. Coun. Chris Mayne made it clear that businesses would continue appearing in the area, as it becomes a more popular one. At the moment the speed limit is 80 km/h, so the reduction would be a rather slight one.

The roundabout projected to be constructed next year is expected to cost some CA$3 million. The price would be shared between the city coffers and Gateway Casinos. The casino operator is projected to pour some CA$746,000 in the construction of a left-turn lane making it possible for patrons to reach the complex. This would make it possible for the area to reduce traffic jams, as the casino operation could result in 195 new trips made to Cascades Casino North Bay.

However, the roundabout would not be finished by the casino venue official launch ceremony, as it is a larger project. Locals still have the chance to participate in a couple of special studies conducted by the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit. They relate to the problem gambling concerns expressed ahead of the casino groundbreaking ceremony, welcoming both local businesses and individuals. December 6 would be their last chance to share their anonymous opinion.