Flexible bollards are installed on various Town of Newmarket roadway(s) to create a narrowing effect with the goal of slowing down traffic. One centre bollard and two bollards close to each curb are installed to create a visual narrowing of the road for drivers. The bollards are removed prior to winter months for snowplough operations and re-installed in the spring. The bollards are designed to flex upon impact to mitigate potential damage to cars and not slow down emergency vehicles.
History of Newmarket's Flexible Bollard Program
In 2016, Newmarket's Speed Management Program launched a pilot project on Savage Road and Ivsbridge Boulevard. The in-street bollard project was expanded in 2017 by installing additional bollards on Sawmill Valley Drive and Sandford Street. Each of these new locations has two sets of bollards that were strategically placed to allow motorists to spot both sets from a distance, elongating the visual "road diet".
The in-street bollard project was expanded in 2018, with bollards being installed in each of the Town's 7 Wards. Most of these new locations had three sets of bollards that were strategically placed to allow motorists to spot all sets from a distance. This approach was effective in reducing traffic speeds on longer sections of roads.