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Manitoulin Island community looks to calm traffic, make community safer

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Big changes are being made for travellers and traffic in the Town of Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island as the township has passed new bylaws.

An undated photo of the shoreline in the Town of Gore Bay on Manitoulin Island. (File photo/Supplied/Town of Gore Bay)

The town council has opted to reduce the community’s speed limit to 40 km/h throughout the entire town unless otherwise posted.

A second new bylaw will also see heavy trucks no longer be permitted to drive through the downtown business section of the town. All truckers and heavy vehicles will have to use a designated truck route.

As of May 19, 2024, heavy trucks will no longer be permitted along the main business section in the Town of Gore Bay. This map shows the new truck route. (Supplied/Town of Gore Bay)

"I think that this, this along with the other things that we're doing in Gore Bay is improving the community,” said acting town manager Michael Lalonde.

“I think the community is embracing it and seeing it as a positive change for the community in the safety and spirit of the community."

The speed limit changes came into effect on Friday with the heavy trucks bylaw coming into effect on Sunday, May 19.

The Town of Gore Bay is located on the north shore of Manitoulin Island and has a local population of about 900 people.

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