Councillors race through traffic-calming funds

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By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, September 6, 2018

As this term of council winds down, all but two councillors have spent most of the $160,000 they were each given to put up stakes and signs in their wards to slow speeders.

Safety on Ottawa roads is a common concern they hear from residents.

Each of the 23 councillors received $40,000 a year in each of the past four years to spend on "traffic-calming" methods in his or her ward. Councillors get to buy solar-powered signs that display motorist speeds, as well as speed-limit stakes, pavement markings and planters to install where residents want drivers to slow down.