AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Traffic Committee

 

 

 

 

To be held on
Thursday
10 March 2016

AT 9.15am

 

 

 

 

Cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets,
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650
PO Box 20, Wagga Wagga

 

Phone: 1300 292 442
Fax: 02 6926 9199
Website: www.wagga.nsw.gov.au

  


Reports submitted to the Traffic Committee to be held on Thursday 10 March 2016.

Traffic Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Thursday 10 March 2016

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                          PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                         2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 2

Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                     2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                   2

Reports

RP-1            BUTTERBUSH ROAD TURNING HEAD TO ACCOMMODATE SCHOOL BUS MOVEMENTS                                                                                             4

RP-2            NEW YEAR'S EVE - ON-STREET EVENT                                                   8

RP-3            BOMEN BUSINESS PARK - PROPOSED ROAD LAYOUT                        10

RP-4            JOHNSTON STREET - PROPOSED ROAD AND PARKING LAYOUT        27

RP-5            ALBURY STREET - PROPOSED E1 EDGE LINES TO ADDRESS ACCESS ISSUE                                                                                                                30

RP-6            SENIOR CITIZENS COMMUNITY CENTRE PARKING ISSUES AROUND TARCUTTA STREET                                                                                                   33

RP-7            BUTCH MENZ MEMORIAL BICYCLE RACE - ON-STREET EVENT           41

RP-8            WATTLE HILLS ROAD - RESTRICTION ON VEHICLE SIZE TO REDUCE DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE                                                                            43

RP-9            THORNE STREET - STOP SIGN AT INTERSECTION WITH FORSYTH STREET  45

RP-10          BOLTON PARK CAR PARK ACCESS - DISABLED PARKING SPACE      54

RP-11          SLOCUM STREET NO STOPPING ZONE NEAR INTERSECTION WITH KINCAID STREET                                                                                                   56

RP-12          CHURCH STREET - DISABLED PARKING SPACES                                 59

RP-13          COME AND TRY TRIATHLON - ON-STREET EVENT                                62

RP-14          GREGADOO ROAD AND PLUMPTON ROAD INTERSECTION - PROPOSED TREATMENT                                                                                            64

RP-15          TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB - CYCLE RACE MEETING 28 FEBRUARY 2016 67

RP-16          TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB INTERCLUB CYCLE RACE EVENT - 16 AND 17 APRIL 2016                                                                                                         70

RP-17          GREGADOO ROAD - EXTENSION OF DOUBLE UNBROKEN SEPARATION LINE                                                                                                                73

RP-18          UN-NAMED LANE AND SOUTH LANE INTERSECTION TREATMENT      76

RP-19          CHASTON STREET EDGE LINE NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH DOCKER STREET                                                                                                   80

RP-20          GRAY'S LANE PARKING CONTROLS                                                      82

RP-21          HOSPITAL PRECINCT TRAFFIC MANAGMENT - LEWIS DRIVE, YABTREE STREET, PECK STREET, YATHONG STREET AND RAWSON LANE                      86

RP-22          PARKING CONTROLS AROUND WAGGA WAGGA RURAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL - LEWIS DRIVE, PECK STREET AND YATHONG STREET                        104

RP-23          HOLBROOK ROAD SCHOOL BUS SIGNS                                              108

RP-24          ANZAC DAY EVENTS                                                                             110

RP-25          BOOROOMA STREET CROSSING POINT FOR PEDESTRIANS              112

RP-26          FAY AVENUE PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN TREATMENT METHOD          116

RP-27          PLUNKETT DRIVE TRAFFIC ISLAND AND PEDESTRIAN REFUGE        118

RP-28          COLEMAN STREET PEDESTRIAN FENCING IN WAGGA WAGGA HIGH SCHOOL                                                                                                               121

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - MEETING HELD 12 NOVEMBER 2015       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Traffic Committee Meeting held on 12 November 2015 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Minutes - meeting held 12 November 2015

                                               125

 

 

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-1

 

Reports

RP-1               BUTTERBUSH ROAD TURNING HEAD TO ACCOMMODATE SCHOOL BUS MOVEMENTS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 26 November 2015 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

That Traffic Committee endorse the construction of a turning-head at the cul-de-sac end of Butterbush Road.

 

 

Report

A petition containing 12 signatures was received at Council on 25 August 2015 seeking the construction of a turning-head at the end of Butterbush Road that will accommodate a school bus service where the bus is required to make a ‘U’ turn.

This petition was reported to the September 2015 Ordinary meeting of Council at which the following resolution was made:

That Council:

          b     receive a further report following investigation into this request

A further report was prepared and presented to Council at its meeting on 23 November 2015.  The following resolution was reached by Council in respect of this matter on that date:

That Council:

a       receive and note the content of this report

b       endorse the construction of a turning-head at the cul-de-sac end of Butterbush Road, subject to Traffic Committee approval

c       note and approve the budget variation/s as detailed in the budget section of the report

 

The petition seeks the construction of a ‘turning head’ at the cul-de-sac end of Butterbush Road. The purpose of the proposed construction is to facilitate a single ‘U’ turn movement by a school bus.

Rules for the operation of school buses are set by Transport for New South Wales (TforNSW). One (1) of the rules requires that a school bus service that is to turn around on a road must be able to do so in one (1) movement, without the vehicle having to travel in reverse to complete the manoeuvre. The reason for this rule is to eliminate the possibility of a student passenger being injured by a reversing bus.

Butterbush Road runs off Mitchell Road, on the eastern side, between the intersections with Dukes Road and Ashford’s Road. The road is about 1.2 km long with large block development on both sides. The cul-de-sac end of the road has a road reserve width that is adequate to construct a turning-head.

Butterbush Rd locality map

 

The school bus service in this area is provided by Busabout Wagga Wagga. At present, school children are picked up in the mornings from the western side of Mitchell Road at the front of the Gregadoo Rural Fire Service shed. In the afternoons, children are dropped on the eastern side of Mitchell Road, near the intersection with Butterbush Road. This section of Mitchell Road has a speed limit of 80 km/h but the close proximity of a transition to a 100 km/h speed zone results in a high percentage of vehicles travelling in excess of 80 km/h in the area.

There are about 18 school aged children who live in Butterbush Road and are entitled to catch a school bus service. That number will increase with more children reaching school age in the future. Construction of residential buildings on more blocks is also likely to result in an increase in the number of school age children who live in Butterbush Road

The Manager of Busabout has been consulted in relation to this matter. He has indicated that, provided an all-weather turning-head is constructed that can accommodate a 12.5 metre long bus making a ‘U’ turn in one (1) movement, he is prepared to run a school bus service into Butterbush Road to pick up and drop off children.

It is possible to construct the proposed infrastructure within the available road reserve boundary as it exists without the need for the acquisition of additional land. All that will be required is construction of a sealed turning circle at the northern end of the road reserve. The following diagram shows a recent overhead photograph of the northern end of Butterbush Road on the left with an indication of the required construction on the right.

Butterbush Rd Concept

It appears that larger vehicles have been turning around at the end of Butterbush Road. The sealed facility is required to ensure that a school bus does not become bogged or otherwise stuck, in the event of heavy rain.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $30,000

Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risk management issues for Council that are associated with this matter.

Internal / External Consultation

External consultation was undertaken with residents and with the management of Busabout Wagga Wagga.  Internal consultation was undertaken with Engineering Staff.

 

    


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-2

 

RP-2               NEW YEAR'S EVE - ON-STREET EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 9 December 2015 with members responding unanimously in favour of the event.

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the ‘WAGGA LIVE NYE 2015’ Special Event, organised by the Committee 4 Wagga, scheduled for 31 December 2015, subject to the following conditions:

a       The event is conducted as per the times, location, conditions and circumstances that are indicated in the application documents.

b       Certified Traffic Control Plans for the event, reflecting the needs at specific stages of the event, are to be prepared and implemented, monitored and decommissioned by accredited persons.

c       No vehicular movements to be permitted in the closed areas of Fitzmaurice, Baylis or Morrow Streets or Ivan Jack Drive during the event. 

d       Organisers and event participants must immediately obey all directions that may be given by Police.

e       Organisers and event participants obey all directions that may be given by Wagga Wagga City Council Officers.

f        The organiser must produce a copy of a certificate of currency for a public liability insurance policy, to the minimum value of $20 million and that endorses Wagga Wagga City Council and the NSW Roads and Maritime Services as interested parties in this event, to Wagga Wagga City Council not later than close of business on 18 December 2015.

g       A copy of a traffic control plan document that thoroughly describes how traffic is to be managed around the event site is to be produced to the Wagga Wagga City Council Traffic Section for review and approval not later than 16 December 2015.

h       Failure to comply with any and all of the above conditions will immediately void this approval.

 

 

Report

Application has been received from Committee 4 Wagga, seeking permission to hold a New Year’s Eve celebration in the Victory Memorial Gardens and Civic Centre precinct on 31 December 2015.  This is similar to the 2014 New Year’s Eve event.  The event is predominantly off-road with some attractions planned to be located in Morrow and Baylis Streets, adjacent to the Victory Memorial Gardens.  Baylis Street will be closed at Morrow Street and Fitzmaurice Street will be closed at its southern end being the Wollundry Lagoon bridge to allow for a large number of pedestrians that are expected to be moving between attractions in the Victory Memorial and the Civic Centre park land around the lagoon and amphitheatre.

The proposal for the event is that the setup will be staged throughout the day, commencing at 8am.  The main part of the event will commence at 6pm.   Road closures will be managed through the day so as not to unduly impact on normal traffic flow.  The event pack up will be completed immediately after the event with roads expected to be opened to traffic by 1:00am on 1 January 2016.

Committee 4 Wagga has engaged the services of a private traffic control provider to prepare TCPs and to manage traffic for the event.  That provider has been liaising with WWCC Traffic Officers to prepare suitable staged TCPs for the event.  Council Officers are satisfied with the progress of those plans.

All documentation, apart from the final traffic control plan descriptive document and a final copy of the insurance certificate of currency has been received and is attached.  Traffic Control Plans will be implemented and monitored by appropriately qualified traffic control personnel.

Production of an appropriate traffic control plan document and a certificate of insurance currency are proposed conditions that are to be placed upon the event.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $0.  There is no cost associated with this event that is to be met from Infrastructure Services budget.

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event on behalf of Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-3

 

RP-3               BOMEN BUSINESS PARK - PROPOSED ROAD LAYOUT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was dealt with by way of an extra ordinary meeting on 9 December 2015.

 

That Traffic Committee

 

a       receive and note the content of the attached report

 

b       endorse the following actions in respect of the attached report:

 

i         support the conceptual layout of the arterial road network within the Bomen Business Park

 

ii        acknowledge development of the area as a freight hub and support the upgrade of service roads to provide for access of all freight vehicles noting the constraints on the existing surrounding road network, including Eunony Bridge and the Dampier Street level crossing, to access and safety for higher productivity vehicles (vehicles that exceed general access limits in mass and / or dimensions)

 

iii       all new roads and intersection designs are to be subject to traffic analysis and be designed to meet the requirements of the Austroads Guide to Road Design 2006, as amended, and Roads and Maritime Services supplements

 

iv      all traffic control devices that are to be established as part of the development are to be individually considered and endorsed by Traffic Committee before the roads are open for general use as part of the road network

 

v       recommend that all roads and intersections be constructed with a view toward accommodating vehicles that exceed general mass limits and general access limits

 

c       recommend that an option for a high vehicle by-pass route to replace the Dampier Street level crossing, that will be closed as part of this project, be identified and developed to accommodate the east-west movement of over size and over mass vehicles through Wagga Wagga.

 

 

Report

Wagga Wagga City Council is in the process of preliminary designs for the development of land in Bomen, on the northern side of the Livestock Marketing Centre.  One of the features that is planned to be built in this area is an intermodal freight terminal, allowing for the transition of containerised freight between road and rail transport modes.

The overall plan includes a new intersection to be established between the proposed West Bomen Road and the Olympic Highway.  The proposed intersection, depicted on page 6 of the set of drawings, indicates that channelised right turn and auxiliary left turn facilities are to be established, requiring substantial additional work to both approaches to be completed on the Olympic Highway.

 

A further feature of the plan involves the deviation of Byrnes Road to create a roundabout intersection with East Bomen Road (existing) and the new West Bomen Road.  It is proposed that West Bomen Road will have a further roundabout intersection with a new extension of Bomen Road and a private road entry to the Intermodal Terminal.  The extension of Bomen Road will include a new access road into the Livestock Marketing Centre.  This is a substantial improvement on the large vehicle access arrangements to the Livestock Marketing Centre as they currently exist.

 

One of the features of this plan is the closure of the Dampier Street level crossing.  It is proposed that traffic be moved from one side of the main southern rail line to the other using a rail-over-road bridge with a 5.3m high clearance.  The Dampier Street level crossing has been part of a high vehicle detour route around the Edward Street rail-over-road bridge for many years.  The clearance on Edward Street is a maximum of about 5.4 metres but can be further reduced when the subject vehicle is long due to the nature of the approaches and departures on Edward Street.  Since the deficiencies in Eunony Bridge were identified there has been no high vehicle detour for Edward Street that is capable of accommodating over mass loads.  This is a significant issue for the movement of over size and over mass loads on the broader east-west New South Wales road network.  An example of a load that can’t be accommodated at Edward Street appears below.

 

 

This vehicle is 30 metres long and 5.3 metres high with a gross mass of about 150 tonnes.  The length of the trailer together with the rising nature of the departure prevents the load from clearing the rail bridge on Edward Street.  This is not the largest load that has ever travelled through Wagga Wagga.  The ever increasing size of electrical transformers means that a similar mass with a height dimension of 6 metres is not uncommon to be encountered on the road network. It is imperative that a high vehicle detour route that is capable of carrying over mass loads is identified for Wagga Wagga

 

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $0.  There are no costs associated with this agenda item.

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this agenda item is to assist Council to manage risks that are associated with a proposed future road network in a ‘green-field’ site.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the project management team and with Traffic Committee members.

 

Attachments  

1.

RIFL Project - Proposed Road Network Configuration

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-3

 















Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-4

 

RP-4               JOHNSTON STREET - PROPOSED ROAD AND PARKING LAYOUT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note the following matter was discussed at the extra-ordinary meeting on 9 December 2015.

 

That Traffic Committee endorse the adoption of the kerb position, lane widths, parking arrangements and painted lines as depicted in the drawing attachment to the accompanying report for Johnston Street between Trail Street and Simmons Street.

 

 

Report

Damage to kerb and gutter on both sides of Johnston Street between the intersections with Trail Street and Simmons Street, caused mainly by tree roots, has required extensive remediation work to be undertaken. 

 

Council has removed the trees along the northern kerb, replacing the kerb and gutter on the original alignment.  The trees on the southern side of the street were not removed.  A decision was made to replace the kerb and gutter on an alignment that is inside the original southern kerb alignment of that section of Johnston Street, thereby reducing the width of the street between kerbs.

 

Johnston Street is about 18.6 metres wide, kerb face to kerb face, before any changes.  One travelling lane in each direction and 60° angle parking on both sides has been the configuration for many years.  The parking arrangements do not comply with the requirements of Australian / New Zealand Standard 2890.5 ‘On-Street Parking’ which indicate that an overall width between kerb faces of 22.6 metres is required to accommodate 60° angle parking on both sides of a street.  The width of Johnston Street after the southern kerb is replaced in its new position will be 17.5 metres between kerb faces.

 

This proposal will accommodate angle parking on the northern side, parallel parking on the southern side and two travelling lanes with a S1 centre line that is slightly offset from the actual centre of the sealed width.  E1 edge lines will be painted on the outside of both travelling lanes.

 

A change from angle parking to parallel parking on the southern side of the street will reduce the number of available parking spaces from 36 to 25.  The number of driveways on that section of street has limited the overall number of angel parking spaces that can be accommodated.

 

It is intended to mark the parallel parking bays on the southern side of Johnston Street using the abbreviated method that is outlined in Australian / New Zealand Standard 1742 (Manual of uniform traffic control devices), Part 11 (Parking controls). Section 7.1 deals with ‘Delineation of parking spaces’.

 

Figure 2 - Abbreviated markings

Parallel parking space marking - L and Ts

 

Using markings in this way reduces the cost of installing and maintaining the infrastructure.

 

 

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $0. The budget for this work is being managed separately to work that normally originates from Traffic Committee agenda items

Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risks that are associated with this matter.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with project designers to arrive at the most appropriate compliant solution.

 

Attachments  

1.

Johnston Street Kerb, Travelling Lane and Parking Proposed Layout

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-4

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-5

 

RP-5               ALBURY STREET - PROPOSED E1 EDGE LINES TO ADDRESS ACCESS ISSUE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse marking E1 edge lines on both the northern and southern sides of Albury Street, between the intersections with Shaw Street and Docker Street, with lines positioned eight metres apart and equidistant from the centre of the sealed of the width of roadway.

 

 

Report

Council Officers have been asked to investigate a situation in Albury Street where drivers have found it difficult to see past parked vehicles when leaving properties in that street.

Albury Street runs between Docker Street and Shaw Street.  It has intersections with two lanes on the southern side and Gossett Street on the northern side.  The street is 350 metres long and 18.8 metres wide with no edge or centre lines marked.

Gumleigh Gardens retirement village is located on the southern side of Albury Street from 19 to 37, which is about half of the length of the street.  There are two driveway entries from Gumleigh Gardens onto Albury Street.  There are also two laneways, Turrana Lane and Nyora Lane that collect traffic from Gumleigh Gardens and deliver it to Albury Street.

A discussion with a representative from Gumleigh Gardens revealed that the street is normally well occupied on both sides by parallel parked vehicles.  Many people who work at Gumly Gardens park on the street.  Visitors also park on the street.

Drivers who are leaving the driveways, particularly the driveway at 21-31, have difficulty seeing approaching west bound traffic past vehicles parked at the southern kerb.

Rather than reduce the number of available parking spaces at kerb, painting an E1 edge line on both sides of Albury Street will allow drivers leaving any driveway, the intersection with Gossett Street or one of the laneways to move well forward, seeing past the outside edge of any parked vehicle.  If the width that is available for east and west bound traffic in the street is eight metres, there will be a further 5.4 metres on both sides of the street between the E1 edge line and the kerb face.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $450

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with a representative of the Management body at Gumleigh Gardens.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-6

 

RP-6               SENIOR CITIZENS COMMUNITY CENTRE PARKING ISSUES AROUND TARCUTTA STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse:

a       Moving the R5-40 NO STOPPING sign that is on the western side of Tarcutta Street 50 metres north of the intersection with Burns Way to a position that is 30 metres north of the intersection with Burns Way, as per the diagram that is contained in the report.

b       Marking the kerbside parking lane that has been created by moving the NO STOPPING sign with three additional ‘T’ and ‘L’ markings, as per the provisions of Australian Standard 1742 Part 11 Section 7.1.

c       Imposing three hour time restricted parking on all on-street parking spaces that are on the western side of Tarcutta Street between the intersections with Burns Way and Johnston Street, using standard R5-1-1 series signs with the words ‘3P / 8:30am to 6pm /  Mon – Fri’.

d       Installing infrastructure at the existing pedestrian refuge crossing point on Tarcutta Street, immediately north of Cross Street, so that the refuge complies with the provisions of the Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 4 Section 8, Roads and Maritime Services supplements to the Austroads Guide to Road Design and Australian Standard AS1742.10

e       Adjusting the marked parking bays in the public parking area that is adjacent to the Senior Citizens Community Centre to accommodate a further seven disabled parking spaces.

 

 

Report

On 7 December 2015 Wagga Wagga City Council received a report at the Policy and Strategy Committee meeting on the receipt of a petition seeking additional parking in and around the Wagga Wagga Senior Citizens Community Centre.

The petition, received on 26 November 2015, contained 275 signatures. The following statements were made in the document:

The current parking situation for users of the Seniors Community Centre has reached a potentially dangerous situation.  We request an immediate, short term solution before one of our senior citizens is killed or injured in crossing Tarcutta Street.

 

Action Requested

·   Install pedestrian lights from Gasworks parking area to Civic Theatre

·   Allocate the parking bays adjacent to the Community Centre for its exclusive use

·   Convert grass area to the rear entrance to the Community Centre into parking bays for Seniors’ use

·   Reinstate three-hour parking in Tarcutta Street adjacent to the Seniors Community Centre

·   Allow seniors to park on the grass area on the corner of Cross and Tarcutta Street

 

The requested specific actions are individually addressed as follows:

1.      Pedestrian traffic control light signals

 

Pedestrian traffic control light signals (tcls) may only be installed at mid-block positions.  There are very specific requirements that must be incorporated into the design of the signals and the surrounding infrastructure.  The location of the two intersections with Burns Way and the driveway to the loading dock at the Civic Theatre on the western side of Tarcutta Street would likely prevent the installation of pedestrian tcls.  Further to this, the cost of installing mid-block pedestrian tcls is about $200,000 which would be difficult to justify given the number of pedestrians who are likely to use the facility.

Pedestrian facilities can be added to ordinary intersection tcls, as will be the case at Docker Street and Brookong Avenue.  The cost of installing a simple intersection traffic control light signal facility with at least one pedestrian crossing is about $400,000.  The volume of traffic that is using the intersection of Tarcutta and Cross Streets does not warrant the installation of such a facility.

The installation of a marked pedestrian (zebra) crossing is precluded by both Austroads Guides and Roads and Maritime Services supplements on any road with more than one lane in either direction.  Subsequently, a marked pedestrian crossing is not appropriate on Tarcutta Street which has two lanes in each direction.

There is an existing pedestrian refuge on Tarcutta Street, immediately on the northern side of the intersection with Cross Street.  This pedestrian refuge is non-compliant with the provisions of the Austroads Guide to Road Design and Australian Standard 1742.10.  Installation of ‘KEEP LEFT’ signs and advance warning signs will achieve compliance with those requirements at a cost of about $500.

 

2.      Allocation of parking bays adjacent to the Senior Citizens Community Centre for its exclusive use

The carpark that is adjacent to the north side of the Senior Citizens Community Centre is a public car park area.  It currently accommodated 26 vehicles in 23 ordinary 90° angle spaces and three disabled 90° angle spaces.

This carpark is not specifically associated with the Senior Citizens Community Centre and is open for use by the general public.  The carpark is subject to a three hour time limited control.  The carpark is normally used by people who are visiting destinations in the vicinity, including Fitzmaurice Street and Tarcutta Street.

It is not possible to conditionally restrict the overall use of a public carpark so that it is only available for use by one certain class of driver unless the spaces were leased to a specific entity, e.g., when spaces in a public carpark are leased to particular business operators.  In this case distinguishing which vehicles would be permitted to park in the area and subsequent enforcement of those permissions would be difficult at best, for Council’s Rangers.

It is recommended that the parking bays on the southern side of the carpark should be adjusted to accommodate a further seven disabled parking bays. Whilst not totally exclusive, this initiative would be likely to favour people who are visiting the Senior Citizens Community Centre.

In a meeting with users of the Senior Citizens Community Centre it was suggested that more of the parking spaces in this particular car park could be marked as disabled spaces.  The opinion of representatives of the groups of users was that many of their members are reluctant to obtain disability concession certificates. They see that option as an admission that they are not as capable as they once were, even though many fit the criteria for the issue of the certificates.

3.      Convert the grass area at the rear of the Senior Citizens Community Centre for use by senior citizens.

This matter is not one that would normally be considered by Traffic Committee under the delegation from the Minister for the operation of local Traffic Committees. 

The only issue that is relevant to Traffic Committee delegations is the interface between any new car parking area and the road network.  In this instance, it would be possible for a new driveway to be constructed from Tarcutta Street into a new carpark if one was to be constructed on the southern side of the Senior Citizens Community Centre.  Any driveway in this area would be at the expense of kerbside parking on the western side of Tarcutta Street.

 

4.      Reinstate three-hour parking in Tarcutta Street adjacent to the Senior Citizens Community Centre

Kerbside parallel parking on the western side of Tarcutta Street is currently unrestricted.  There are 12 spaces with an option for a further three spaces being available by reducing the NO STOPPING zone that is north of Burns Way.

Imposing a three-hour time limit on parallel parking in this area will have a positive effect on parking availability for the Senior Citizens Community Centre.  The spaces are not exclusively for use by drivers who are visiting the Centre.  The spaces are subject to a very high occupancy rate at present with most appearing to be used by all-day parkers, most likely workers in that part of the City.  Those drivers will be forced to either move their vehicles at intervals not exceeding three hours or to find all-day parking somewhere else.  The ‘Gas Works’ car park has 177 unrestricted parking spaces.  It is not used to its maximum capacity with a significant number of spaces being available each day.  Additional distance to walk is difficult to estimate, depending on the intended destination.  The walking distance from the ‘Gas Works’ car park to the Senior Citizens Community Centre is about 210 metres.

There is a 50 metre length of NO STOPPING zone on the western side of Tarcutta Street, immediately north of Burns Way.  One reason for this zone was the pedestrian refuge, previously discussed.  It also appears that the NO STOPPING zone was continued for the length of the centre island, probably because of fears that the parking lane would be too narrow through this section.   That is not the case.  The parking lane is a constant 2.3 metres in width which is compliant with the requirements of AS 2890.5 ‘On-street parking’, section 2 table 2.1.  It is recommended that the NO STOPPING zone be reduced in length by 20 metres, thereby creating a further three parallel parking spaces in that area.  Reducing the NO STOPPING zone by that length will still leave 10 metres of NO STOPPING zone on the departure side of the pedestrian refuge crossing point.

 

5.      Allow seniors to park on the grass area on the corner of Cross and Tarcutta Street.

As was the case at point 3, this is not a matter that would normally be considered under the delegation from the Minister for the operation of Local Traffic Committees.

The area that is referred to in this part of the petition was often used by drivers to park prior to the recent rehabilitation of the ‘Gas Works’ car park.  The new kerb that is around the car park appears to prevent drivers from accessing the area.  It is not intended that this area should be used as a car park.  It is possible that the space with be otherwise developed as part of another project.

There is adequate parking space in the ‘Gas Works’ car park to accommodate an increased number of vehicles.  The additional walking distance to park in the car park over the grassed area is about 50 metres.

The grassed area is not suitable for all-weather parking.  The surface is not consistent and it is generally not suitable for use as a car park in its current form.

NB:  The above overhead photograph is from 2012, before the Gas Works remediation project was undertaken.

Summary:

The cost of the installation of pedestrian traffic control light signals is prohibitive.  There are also difficulties with positioning such a facility.

There is an existing pedestrian refuge on Tarcutta Street that is on the northern side of the intersection with Cross Street.  This refuge requires some improvement to reach compliance with relevant standards.

There is no provision that allows for the conversion of the public car park that is adjacent to the Senior Citizens Community Centre to the exclusive use of visitors to the Centre.

The park area that is immediately on the southern side of the Senior Citizens Community Centre could be converted to a car park however, that is regarded as unnecessary at this time.

Time three hour parking should be introduced on the western side of Tarcutta Street between Burns Way and Johnston Street.  In addition, the existing NO STOPPING zone can be shortened to create a further three on-street parallel parking spaces.  The new parking spaces should be marked with T and L markings

The grassed area on the south-east corner of Tarcutta Street and Cross Street is not suitable for use as a car park.  There are adequate car parking spaces in the ‘Gas Works’ car park to accommodate additional vehicles.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $2,000

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

This matter arose from a petition that was generated by user groups at the Senior Citizens Community Centre. Consultation was previously undertaken with that those users and also with other WWCC Staff.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-7

 

RP-7               BUTCH MENZ MEMORIAL BICYCLE RACE - ON-STREET EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 7 January 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

 

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the Butch Menz Memorial Bicycle Race, starting and finishing at Collingullie on Sunday 3 April 2016, subject to the following conditions:

 

a       The arrangements regarding route, timing and other issues that are set out in the application documents are adhered to,

b       All provisions of Road Transport Legislation are complied with,

c       Any direction given by a member of the NSW Police that is pursuant to Road Transport Legislation or Work Health and Safety Legislation is to be promptly complied with,

d       Any reasonable direction that is given by an Officer of Wagga Wagga City Council is to be promptly complied with,

e       Authorised Traffic Control Plans to be implemented, monitored and removed by a person who holds the appropriate level of ‘Traffic Control at Worksites’ certification,

f        Responsibility for sourcing signs, barriers and witches hats, required for implementation of the traffic control plans, lays with Wagga Wagga Cycling Club,

g       Wagga Wagga Cycling Club will notify and liaise with NSW Ambulance Service, Rural Fire Service and the NSW Fire and Rescue so that they are aware of the traffic control arrangements for the event,

h       The race is to be run in accordance with NSW Bicycle Federation rules,

i         Approval pursuant to section 115 of the Road Transport Act, 2013 being given by the Commissioner of Police or his delegated officer.

j         Consent for the portion of the race that is in Lockhart Local Government Area  being given by Lockhart Council,

k       Failure to comply with any of these conditions will immediately void approval for the event.

 

 

Report

The Butch Menz Memorial Handicap Road Cycling event is an annual bicycle race. The start and finish of the event is at Collingullie.  There is a proposed change to the route for the 2016 event which will see it commence and finish on Lockhart Road (MR 59) at Collingullie. The race will follow Lockhart Road, also known as The Boomerang Way, to the Council Boundary with Lockhart Shire.  The race will continue to a turnaround point at the intersection of Green Street and East Street Lockhart  before returning on the reverse route. 

 

A traffic control plan has been prepared for the event, providing for short term road closures to facilitate the start and also for a section of sterile race conditions on the approach to the finish line.  Lockhart Road carries very light volumes of traffic at the time that the event is planned, reducing impact on the non-event community.   The TCP requires 60 km/h speed limits to be implemented to allow for the Stop/Slow controllers to work on the road.  A speed zone authorisation has been issued by Roads and Maritime Services.

 

Wagga Wagga Cycling Club is very experienced in running this type of event and this event, in particular.  There has never been an adverse incident associated with this event in previous years.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $0

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event on behalf of Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser and with representatives from Lockhart Shire.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-8

 

RP-8               WATTLE HILLS ROAD - RESTRICTION ON VEHICLE SIZE TO REDUCE DAMAGE TO INFRASTRUCTURE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of R6-10-2 (NO TRUCKS) and G9-315 (SUPPLEMENTARY PLATE) with additional words ‘Vehicles over 4.5t GVM’:

a       on Wattle Hills Road at the intersection with Oxley Bridge and facing traffic travelling west on Wattle Hills Road, and

b       on Wattle Hills Road at the intersection with Old Station Lane and facing traffic travelling east on Wattle Hills Road.

 

 

Report

Complaints have been received about damage that is being caused to Wattle Hills Road, which is unsealed, due to frequent use by heavy vehicles that are travelling between Holbrook Road and Olympic Highway and that are avoiding the Sandy Creek Bridge on Oxley Bridge Road which has a weight limit of 12.5 tonnes gross vehicle mass.  Inspections of the road by Council Officers support the complaint that accelerated degradation appears to have been caused to the road by a larger than expected number of tipper type heavy vehicles using Wattle Hills Road as part of a through route.

The number of heavy vehicles that have used the route in the past 12 months has increased substantially with trucks carrying grain from harvest combined with trucks that are carrying high grade gravel from Holbrook to road work sites on the Sturt Highway at Galore and the Olympic Highway at Kapooka Bridge.

Using R6-10-2 ‘No Trucks’ signs, under the provisions of Road Rules 2014, Rule 104, will permit a vehicle to enter the area if the vehicle’s destination is within the area but prevents a vehicle from using the road as a ‘through route’ to access the Olympic Highway.

The provisions of Rule 104(4) state:

‘This rule does not apply to a driver if the destination of the driver lies beyond a no trucks sign and,

(a)    there is no other route by which the driver’s vehicle could reach that destination, or

(b)    any other route by which the driver’s vehicle could reach that destination would require the vehicle to pass another no trucks sign.

Signs should be located on both ends of Wattle Hills Road, facing drivers who are entering the road from Oxley Bridge Road and Old Station Lane.

There are more suitable routes that drivers can use to reach their desired destination. Unfortunately those routes are not as direct as using Wattle Hills Road and therefore, not as attractive to drivers.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $450

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage the risk of accelerated degradation of Wattle Hills Road through unintended use by heavy vehicles.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with residents from Wattle Hills Road and with Road Maintenance Staff at WWCC.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-9

 

RP-9               THORNE STREET - STOP SIGN AT INTERSECTION WITH FORSYTH STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a duplicated R1-1 STOP sign in Thorne Street, facing south bound traffic at the intersection with Forsyth Street, with an appropriate TF (STOP) line being painted across the south bound lane at the alignment of the northern kerb of Forsyth Street.

 

 

Report

A matter has been brought to the attention of Council by way of a report on issues surrounding a development application.  The matter that has been raised relates to intersection sight distance for south bound traffic in Thorne Street at the intersection with Forsyth Street.

An investigation of the location by Council Officers revealed that the warrant for the installation of a STOP sign control for south bound traffic in Thorne Street is reached, based upon the standard that is set by Roads and Maritime Services supplementary documentation to Australian Standard 1742.  The sight distance warrant that is set for the installation of a STOP sign at an intersection in a ‘default urban’ (50 km/h) speed limit area is 90 metres, see attachment.   Council officers agree with the sight distance determinations that are made by the author of the attached report.  The maximum sight distance that can be achieved in the absence of parked vehicles or any other temporary impediment is 58 metres toward the west.

 

The following overhead photograph of the area has 10 metre long blue lines that have been included to scale to indicate from where sight distance should be measured and how close a vehicle may lawfully be parked to the intersection.

It is clear that reduced sight distance at this location warrants the use of a STOP sign and corresponding STOP line. The STOP line should be marked as per the provisions of the Roads and Maritime Services Delineation Guide, Part 6, Section 6.2.

Sight distance for north bound traffic in Thorne Street at the intersection with Forsyth Street exceeds 90 metres and therefore does not warrant the use of a STOP sign control.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with internal WWCC stakeholders.

Consultation was undertaken through the attached report from Regional Transport Planning.

 

Attachments  

1.

Description of Warrant for STOP Signs

 

2.

Report from Regional Transport Planning

 

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-9

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                         RP-9

 






Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-10

 

RP-10            BOLTON PARK CAR PARK ACCESS - DISABLED PARKING SPACE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a compliant disabled parking zone on the western side of the access lane bedside Bolton Park Stadium, using standard R5-3-1 series signs and a decal to be painted on the road seal.  The parking space is to be located as per the diagram that is attached to the report.

 

 

Report

Council Officers who are responsible for the management of Bolton Park Stadium and The Oasis Swimming Centre have asked for an additional disabled parking space to be located on the western side of the lane that separates the Stadium from the car park.  The number of unrestricted car parking spaces that are in the car park and the increased number of Mobility Parking Scheme certificate holders who use the Oasis Swimming Centre supports the introduction of a further disabled parking space.

The parking space should be designated using standard R5-3-1 series signs.

                         

The signs should be supported by painting the disability decal on the road seal in the parking space.  The nature of the ‘disability decal’ is described in Australian Standard 1743, section S22

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $450

Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risks that are associated with this matter.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with internal WWCC stakeholders.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-11

 

RP-11            SLOCUM STREET NO STOPPING ZONE NEAR INTERSECTION WITH KINCAID STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a 43 metre long length of NO STOPPING ZONE, using standard R5-40 series signs, on the western side of Slocum Street, between the intersection with Kincaid Street and the southern side of the driveway entry to 221 Kincaid Street.

 

 

Report

Property at 221 Kincaid Street, on the north-west corner of the intersection with Slocum Street, was previously occupied by an organisation that provided a radiology service.  That organisation has moved and the property is being converted for use by a physiotherapy provider.

Traffic Committee have previously recommended that a B (unbroken) separation line be painted in Slocum Street near the intersection with Kincaid Street.  That initiative has created a six metre width between the line and the western kerb of Slocum Street.

Council Officers have received complaints from residents in Slocum Street about the safety of drivers and passengers who park vehicles in Slocum Street, adjacent to the eastern boundary of 221 Kincaid, and access the off-side of their vehicles.  Several near misses have caused considerable concern for drivers.

There is adequate off-street parking on site at 221 Kincaid Street but it appears that visitors often choose not to use that area.  There is also safe parking on the eastern side of Slocum Street, between the MTC fence and the sealed road.

The intent of this recommendation is to create a space that accommodates turning vehicles where drivers will not have passengers from parked vehicles opening doors and stepping in front of vehicles.

The attached email complaint also refers to drivers who make U turns across the unbroken separation line.  That is an offence under the provisions of Road Rules 2014, Rule 132 (2A).  The matter is a compliance issue and it is appropriate that it should be addressed through enforcement.  No further action is required from Council in respect of this matter.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $300

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with residents who live in Slocum Street.

 

Attachments  

1.

Resident Complaint Regarding Slocum Street

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-11

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-12

 

RP-12            CHURCH STREET - DISABLED PARKING SPACES

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the conversion of four 60° angle front to kerb parking spaces on the western side of Church Street, adjacent to the intersection with Cross Street as per the diagram that is contained in the report, to three 60° angle front to kerb disabled parking spaces that are compliant with the provisions of Australian Standard 2890.5, figure 2.4 and Section 4.5.

 

 

Report

A request has been received by Council Officers for consideration to be given to increasing the number of on-street disabled compliant parking spaces in Church Street. 

At present there is one disabled parking space on the western side of Church Street near the intersection with Johnston Street.  There are 34 ordinary untimed angle parking spaces on the western side of Church Street.  There are 27 ordinary untimed parking spaces and seven 2P timed angle parking spaces on the eastern side of Church Street.

There is an opportunity to convert the first four angle parking spaces on the western side of Church Street, near the intersection with Cross Street, into three disabled compliant spaces.  Ordinary 60° angle parking spaces use about 2.9 metres of kerb length per space.  Disabled compliant spaces use about 3.7 metres of kerb length.  Disabled spaces must also have kerb ramps and connection to the footpath constructed on both sides of each vehicle parking space. 

The location that is suggested in this recommendation is directly between St John’s Anglican Church and St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.  The grades on the western side of the street give the best opportunity for connection to the footpath.  Should a person be visiting St John’s Anglican Church on the eastern side of Church Street, there is a driveway opposite the proposed spaces that can be used.

The following diagram indicates the exact location of the proposed disabled spaces and their relationship to the two above mentioned churches.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative, including four kerb ramps and connection to footpath is $5,500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

This matter arose as a result of contact from representatives of the Anglican Parish Council.

 

Attachments  

1.

Request for additional Disables Parking spaces

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-12

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-13

 

RP-13            COME AND TRY TRIATHLON - ON-STREET EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 18 January 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the ‘Come and Tri’ Triathlon event on 31 January 2016, requiring the closure of Pine Gully Road to accommodate the event subject to the following conditions:

a       The stated arrangements regarding route, timing and other issues, which are set out in the application documents, are adhered to.

b       All provisions of Road Transport Legislation are complied with.

c       Approval is granted by the Commissioner of Police for the race to take place under section 115 of the Road Transport Act, 2013.

d       Any direction given by a member of the NSW Police is to be promptly complied with.

e       Any direction that is given by an Officer of Wagga Wagga City Council is to be promptly complied with.

f        All Traffic control plans comply with and are applied in accordance with the provisions of the most recent edition of the ‘Traffic Control at Worksites’ manual

g       Authorised Traffic Control Plans are to be implemented, monitored and removed by a person who holds the appropriate level of ‘Traffic Control at Worksites’ certification.

h       Permission to hold that portion of the event that is within the CSU boundary is given by an authorised person from CSU.

i         Responsibility for sourcing signs, barriers and witches hats, required for implementation of the traffic control plans, lays with Wagga Triathlon Club.

j         Wagga Triathlon Club will notify NSW Fire Brigade of the traffic control arrangements for the event and make provisions for emergency access to the closed area, if necessary.

k       Wagga Triathlon Club will notify and liaise with NSW Ambulance Service so that they are aware of the traffic control arrangements for the event, with arrangements for emergency access and egress from the closed area, if necessary.

l         The Organiser will be responsible for liaising with any resident that is living at a location that only has access through the closed portion of Pine Gully Road and make suitable arrangements for access to and from that property, if that is necessary, while the road is closed.

m      The event is conducted in accordance with the rules of any governing body with which the Wagga Triathlon Club is affiliated.

n       An adequate number of marshals are to be provided to each location around the course, where traffic control devices are used, to maintain the devices and to encourage safe spectator behaviour.

o       Failure to comply with any of these conditions will immediately void approval for the event

 

 

Report

The Wagga Triathlon Club has made application to conduct a triathlon event in the Charles Sturt University (CSU) and Estella areas on 31 January 2016.  The event will involve run, bike and a swim legs.  The event will use the CSU pool and roads within the CSU campus for the swim and run legs of the course.  The event was held on this course in 2013 and 2015, reverting to the Lake Albert Course for the 2014 event.  Problems with water quality in Lake Albert are preventing use of the lake for this event.  There have been no adverse issues with the Wagga Triathlon Club using this venue in the past.

The sections of the event that are of interest to WWCC and the Traffic Committee will necessitate the closure of Pine Gully Road for the bicycle leg.  The road closures for this event are provided by certified Traffic Controllers who are engaged for the event.  A copy of a TCP that is to be implemented is attached.

The event is timed to commence at 7:00am am with set-up time from 6.00am.  The event is expected to conclude by 11:00am, with roads open by that time.  The actual timing for the road closures, to facilitate the sterile race environment, will not take effect more than 15 minutes before the start of the event, thereby reducing the impact on the non-event community.  The Club has managed the course and interaction with the non-event community without any complaints in past years.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $0

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event on behalf of Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-14

 

RP-14            GREGADOO ROAD AND PLUMPTON ROAD INTERSECTION - PROPOSED TREATMENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse

a       The design and installation of an auxiliary right turn treatment for north bound traffic on Plumpton Road at the intersection with Gregadoo Road

b       The design and installation of 50 metres of left turn lane for west bound traffic in Gregadoo Road at the approach to the intersection with Plumpton Road

 

 

Report

Traffic Committee received a report at its meeting on 16 March 2015 on the intersection of Gregadoo Road and Plumpton Road.  The following recommendation was made:

That Traffic Committee endorse:

a            The design and installation of a temporary auxiliary right turn facility in Plumpton Road at the intersection with Gregadoo Road

b            The design and installation of nominally 50 metres of left turn lane in Gregadoo Road for west bound traffic

c            That a study be made of the results of increased traffic movements in the area between Plumpton Road and Mitchell Road, south of Lake Albert, with particular consideration given to appropriate treatments for intersections that have reached, or will soon reach, an unacceptable level of service during morning and afternoon peak periods.

A further investigation has been made in respect of the intersection of Plumpton Road and Gregadoo Road.  Observations have been made during the morning peak between 8:00am and 9:00am.

The issue that is regularly raised by drivers who use the intersection is the delay that is caused to drivers that are travelling west in Gregadoo Road, waiting to turn either left or right at Plumpton Road.

The longest delay that was observed during the course of observations was 145 seconds (2’ 25”) with an average delay of 25 seconds.  Based upon the standard that is suggested in Table 4.2 of the Guide to Traffic Generating Developments, a delay of 25 seconds at such an intersection constitutes  Level of Service B which is described as ‘Acceptable delays & spare capacity’.

Anecdotal evidence from daily users of the intersection suggest that the delays that far exceed those that were observed do occur, particularly on we mornings.

One issue that did become apparent during the course of observations was the regular overtaking of vehicles that were turning right from Plumpton Road into Gregadoo Road by north bound vehicles that were continuing straight on in Plumpton Road.  The north bound lane of Plumpton Road on the approach to the intersection is about 4.5 metres wide.  Overtaking on the near side of right turning vehicles causes drivers to have their nearside wheels on the unsealed western shoulder of Plumpton Road.  That shoulder suffers from this use.

The creation of an auxiliary right turn treatment at this point would greatly improve safety aspects for drivers that are travelling straight through on Plumpton Road.

A significant number of drivers that are travelling west in Gregadoo Road were observed to turn left onto Plumpton Road.  In many instances those drivers were unnecessarily delayed in the line of vehicles that were waiting to turn right.  Construction of an auxiliary left turn treatment at the intersection for Gregadoo Road traffic would improve the efficiency of the road network in this area.

Wagga Wagga City Council is about to undertake an integrated transport study that is anticipated to include recommendations in respect of the Gregadoo Road route.  It is proposed that the product from this study should fulfil part ‘c’ of the recommendation that was made by Traffic Committee at its meeting on 10 March 2015.

Cost

The cost of implementation of a treatment for this location cannot be estimated until such time as a treatment option is selected and a construction plan is prepared. The purpose of this report is to confirm that the preferred option is an auxiliary right turn lane on Plumpton Road with a length of left turn lane on Gregadoo Road.

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with many road users who have contacted Council Officers with complaints about undue delays at this intersection.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-15

 

RP-15            TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB - CYCLE RACE MEETING 28 FEBRUARY 2016

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 4 February 2016 with members replying in favour of the event.

That Traffic Committee endorses the conduct of a bicycle race interclub meeting on 28 February 2016, using a course at Forest Hill to Lake Albert to Gregadoo East and returning to Forest Hill, as per attached maps, subject to the following conditions:

a       The arrangements regarding route, timing and other issues that are set out in the application documents are adhered to,

b       All provisions of Road Transport Legislation are complied with,

c       Approval pursuant to section 115 of the Road Transport Act, 2013 being given by the Commissioner of Police or his delegated officer.

d       Any direction given by a member of the NSW Police that is pursuant to Road Transport Legislation or Work Health and Safety Legislation is to be promptly complied with,

e       Any reasonable direction that is given by an Officer of Wagga Wagga City Council is to be promptly complied with,

f        Authorised Traffic Control Plans to be implemented, monitored and removed by a person who holds the appropriate level of "Traffic Control at Worksites" certification,

g       Racing should not commence or should immediately cease in the event that sight distance, due to weather or other conditions, does not render an adult person wearing dark clothing clearly visible at a distance of 200 metres.

h       Responsibility for sourcing signs, barriers and witches hats, required for implementation of the traffic control plans, lays with Tolland Cycling Club,

i         The race is to be run in accordance with NSW Bicycle Federation rules,

j         Failure to comply with any of these conditions will immediately void approval for the event.

 

Report

An application has been received from Tolland Cycling Club, Inc., to conduct an interclub bicycle race event on local roads on Sunday 28 February 2016.  The event will start and finish on Elizabeth Avenue about 300 metres south of the intersection with Inglewood Road.  The competitors will immediately turn left into Inglewood Road, travelling west to the intersection with Mitchell Road where they turn left with traffic controllers assisting by holding south bound in Mitchell Road while the groups turn left.  The course continues south in Mitchell Road, continuing into Gregadoo Road and the following Gregadoo Road east to the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue.  The course turns left onto Elizabeth Avenue and travels north to the Start / Finish location.

All turns at intersections are left turns.  The intersection of Inglewood Road and Mitchell Road is a T intersection.  Traffic control will be provided at this intersection by authorised traffic controllers, using an approved traffic control plan.

The total length of the event is 75 kms, which is three circuits of the course.  The race will be a handicap event with about six groups of riders.  Groups will comprise up to 10 riders in each.

Rider groups will be escorted by a lead vehicle which will be equipped with an amber warning light on the roof and a two-way radio with other vehicles.

The Tolland Cycling Club conducted a successful interclub meeting on this same course in 2014 and 2015 without any adverse incidents.

 

 

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $Nil

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event on behalf of Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-16

 

RP-16            TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB INTERCLUB CYCLE RACE EVENT - 16 AND 17 APRIL 2016

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 27 January 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

That Traffic Committee endorses the conduct of a bicycle race interclub meeting on 16 and 17 April 2016, using a course at Ladysmith and Gregadoo East, as per attached traffic control plans, subject to the following conditions:

a       The arrangements regarding route, timing and other issues that are set out in the application documents are adhered to,

b       All provisions of Road Transport Legislation are complied with,

c       Approval pursuant to section 115 of the Road Transport Act, 2013 being given by the Commissioner of Police or his delegated officer.

d       Any direction given by a member of the NSW Police that is pursuant to Road Transport Legislation or Work Health and Safety Legislation is to be promptly complied with,

e       Any reasonable direction that is given by an Officer of Wagga Wagga City Council is to be promptly complied with,

f        Authorised Traffic Control Plans to be implemented, monitored and removed by a person who holds the appropriate level of certification under the provisions of the ‘Traffic Control at Worksites’ manual,

g       Racing should not commence or should immediately cease in the event that sight distance, due to weather or other conditions, does not render an adult person wearing dark clothing clearly visible at a distance of 200 metres.

h       Responsibility for sourcing signs, barriers and witches hats, required for implementation of the traffic control plans, lays with Tolland Cycling Club,

i         The race is to be run in accordance with NSW Bicycle Federation rules,

j         Failure to comply with any of these conditions will immediately void approval for the event.

 

Report

An application has been received from Tolland Cycling Club, Inc., to conduct an interclub bicycle race event on local roads on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 April 2016.  The event that is planned for Saturday 16th will be an Open Category Handicap Road Race. Estimated participation is 10 groups of 10 riders (100 riders in total). 

The event is planned to be marshalled and start on Tumbarumba Road in Ladysmith.  The competitors will ride south on Tumbarumba Road, turning right onto Gregadoo Ladysmith Road with the aid of a Traffic Controller to stop north bound traffic.  The course follows a loop on Gregadoo Ladysmith Road, Gregadoo East Road and Tumbarumba Road.  Each of the three intersections involves a left turn which will be assisted by Traffic Controllers. On the last circuit riders will continue north on Tumbarumba Road, finish the event in Ladysmith Village. 

The length of the Road Race on Saturday 16th is 90 kilometres. The event lengths for the Scratch Races on Sunday 17th vary according to competitor grading, A to E.

The Road Race on Saturday will start at 13:00 with setup commencing from 11:30. The race is anticipated to finish about 16:00 with pack up complete by 17:00.

The Scratch Races on Sunday will start at 09:00 with setup from 08:00.  Racing to finish at 12:00 with pack up complete by 13:00

Each riding group will be accompanied by a lead car and following car. Both cars are to be fitted with flashing warning lights and two-way radios for communications between vehicles.

The Tolland Cycling Club have conducted a successful interclub meetings in 2014 and 2015 without adverse incident. 

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $Nil

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-17

 

RP-17            GREGADOO ROAD - EXTENSION OF DOUBLE UNBROKEN SEPARATION LINE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the following initiatives on Gregadoo Road:

a       Repainting the existing faded BB (double unbroken) barrier line that extends from 100 metres west of the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue to 200 metres east of the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue.

b       Installing a new length of BS (unbroken and broken) barrier line from the western end of the BB barrier line mentioned at point ‘a’, for a length of 215 metres towards the west.

c       Installing a continuation of the existing BB barrier line mentioned at point ‘a’ over the full length, 1450 metres, from the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue to the intersection with Big Springs Road.

d       Installing a new length of BS barrier line from the eastern end of the BB line that is mentioned at point ‘c’, for a length of 215 metres towards the east.

 

Report

Gregadoo Road is a rural route that provides connection between the urban area of Wagga Wagga and Tumbarumba Road.  The road carries about 2,000 vehicle movements each day.  The speed limit is ‘rural default’ (100 km/h).

Gregadoo Road, between the intersections with Elizabeth Avenue and Big Springs Road, has three curves over a length of 1,450 metres that restrict vision of oncoming traffic to less than 300 metres.  The seal width at this point is about 6.7 metres with unsealed shoulders between .5 and one metre wide.

There is a length of BB (double unbroken) barrier line that extends on both sides of the intersection with Elizabeth Avenue.  That line is faded and requires marking.  There are no BS (unbroken and broken) barrier lines installed as ‘tails’ on either end of the existing BB barrier line.

The provisions of both Australian Standard 1742.2, Section 4.3.3.3 and the Roads and Maritime Services Delineation Guide, Section 4, suggest that under the circumstances that are described, a length of BB barrier line should be installed for the full length with 215 metre long BS barrier line ‘tails’ marked on both ends of the BB line.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $1,500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

 

Internal / External Consultation

There has been no internal or external consultation in respect of this matter.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-18

 

RP-18            UN-NAMED LANE AND SOUTH LANE INTERSECTION TREATMENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a single ‘A’ size R1-1 STOP sign  and STOP line, as per the provisions of the Guide to Delineation Section 6.2, at the ‘T’ junction of Un-named Lane and South Lane, on the north-west corner, facing traffic travelling east in Un-named Lane.

 

 

Report

Council Officers received a request to review the situation at the intersection of the South Lane and the Un-named Lane that is parallel to Edward Street, between Edward Street and South Parade.  A resident in that area has witnessed an increasing number of near miss incidents.  The resident asked if the intersection could be assessed for improvements to sight distance, using a convex mirror.  On inspection it was found that the use of a mirror is not appropriate at this location.

With the development of a fast-food complex, two motels, one of the Day Surgery Hospital and a medical specialist centre, traffic in both directions in the un-named lane has increased substantially over the past several years.  The eastern end of the un-named lane forms a T-junction at right angle with South Lane.

 

A fence on the south-west corner seriously restricts sight distance to the right when approaching the termination.  The warrant of 90 metres of sight distance in a 50 km/h area is not met at this location.

A single STOP sign is warranted to control traffic at the intersection.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $250

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

This matter arose from a customer request.

  

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-19

 

RP-19            CHASTON STREET EDGE LINE NEAR THE INTERSECTION WITH DOCKER STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of 60 metres of E1 edge line on the northern side of Chaston Street at the approach to the intersection with Docker Street.  The E1 edge line is to be positioned in such a way as to define the kerbside lane at a maximum width of three metres when measured from the existing lane line that separates the two lanes on the approach to this intersection.

 

 

Report

The intersection of Chaston and Docker Streets has undergone various improvements in the past two years including an improved crossing point for pedestrians over Chaston Street, installation of a STOP sign at the intersection and recently, the installation of a channelised right turn facility on Docker Street.

There are two marked lanes for east bound traffic in Chaston Street on the approach to the intersection.  The lane nearest the centre splitter island is for traffic that is turning right into Docker Street.  The lane width is about 3.2 metres.  The kerbside lane is not defined on its near side.  The lane is just over four metres wide.  There are existing NO STOPPING and NO PARKING controls along this section of the northern kerb.

Traffic in the kerb side lane often moves as close as possible to the kerb, turning left into Docker Street from that position.  This results in drivers having to turn wider than is necessary when entering Docker Street, crossing into the number two lane of two marked lanes for north bound traffic (counted from the nearside kerb).

The intent of this recommendation is to keep vehicles that are turning left away from the kerb, thereby placing drivers in an improved position to make a left turn into Docker Street.

The diagram above demonstrates the proposed position of the E1 edge line.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $150

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with Roads and Maritime Services who have recommended this treatment.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-20

 

RP-20            GRAY'S LANE PARKING CONTROLS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse:

a       Installation of a NO STOPPING zone, using standard R5-400 signs, for the full length of the eastern side of Gray’s Lane where that lane is adjacent to the eastern boundary of South Wagga Wagga Public School.

b       Installation of a 35 metre long length of NO PARKING zone, using standard R5-40 signs, on the western side of Gray’s Lane, from the northern right angle bend in the lane, toward the south.

c       Installation of a 32 metre long length of NO STOPPING zone, using standard R5-400 signs, on the western side of Gray’s Lane, from the southern end of the zone that is mentioned at point ‘b’ and extending to the southern end of the lane.

 

 

Report

Gray’s Lane is a cul-de-sac, intersecting with Station Place.  The original purpose of the lane was to provide access to the Station Master’s residence which is located at the extreme southern end.  The eastern boundary of South Wagga Wagga Public School follows the western side of the lane.  Gray’s Lane now also provides access to several properties that front to Station Place.

Gray’s Lane is used by parents and carers who are dropping and picking up children before and after school.  The parents drive into the lane which has a trafficable width of less than five metres.  Vehicles in the lane for this purpose have caused serious access problems for businesses that use the lane to reach their respective properties.  This matter has previously been reported to Traffic Committee vide RP-5 on 9 September 2014 and RP-4 on 16 July 2015.  NO STOPPING parking control signs have been installed on both sides of the east-west section of the lane on the end nearest to Station Place.

The historic nature of Gray’s Lane has resulted in the situation where there is no turning head at the southern end.  Drivers who are dropping or picking up children enter onto private land to turn around because the width of the lane does not allow for any other option for forward movement.  Drivers have also been seen to reverse their vehicles for the full length of the lane.  Using the private car park at the southern end of the lane to turn around is regularly done contrary to a direction by the property owner that is displayed on the property fence.

A recommendation to create a turning head at the southern end of Gray’s Lane has been explored.  That option would require conversion of a portion of the South Wagga Wagga Public School playground to road reserve, as previously reported on 16 July 2015.  That option was not palatable to the School and has been dismissed as an option.

Other options for the provision of a pickup and drop-off location have been explored with the most suitable option being for parents and carers to park on the southern side of the railway line and walk children over the footbridge that connects to Station Place.

In an effort to maintain access for land occupiers that are adjacent to Gray’s Lane, it is recommended that the full length of the eastern side of the lane be controlled by NO STOPPING signs.  The western side of the lane may be split with the southern end being NO STOPPING zone and the northern end being NO PARKING zone.  The latter will allow for waste pickup from the school which is also accomplished from Gray’s Lane.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $1,500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with adjacent land occupiers and also with the South Wagga Wagga Public School Principal.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-21

 

RP-21            HOSPITAL PRECINCT TRAFFIC MANAGMENT - LEWIS DRIVE, YABTREE STREET, PECK STREET, YATHONG STREET AND RAWSON LANE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the following actions on streets around the Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital:

a       Install duplicate ‘A’ size R2-4 NO ENTRY signs at the southern end of Peck Street facing into the intersection with Yathong Street.

b       Install duplicated ‘A’ size R2-2 ONE WAY signs on both sides at the northern end of Peck Street.

c       Install duplicated ‘A’ size R1-1 STOP signs at the south end of Peck Street facing traffic travelling south in Peck Street.

d       Install a corresponding TF (STOP) line, as per the provisions of Section 6.2 of the Roads and Maritime Services Delineation instructions, across Peck Street in conjunction with the STOP signs mentioned at point ‘c’.

e       Remove the duplicated R2-4 NO ENTRY sign and the associated plate with the words ‘Emergency Vehicles Only’ plate from both sides of Yabtree Street immediately on the western side of the intersection with Peck Street.

f        The G9-18 NO THROUGH ROAD sign that is on the southern side of Yabtree Street on the same pole as the signs mentioned at point ‘e’ is to remain in place.  Any similar sign on the northern side of Yabtree Street should be removed.

g       Install a ‘B’ size R2-6(R) NO RIGHT TURN sign on the western side of Lewis Drive immediately opposite the intersection with Yabtree Street and facing traffic travelling west in Yabtree Street.

h       Remove any sign that may be in place on the section of Lewis Drive that is between Yathong Street and Brookong Avenue that indicates that Lewis Drive is subject to a ONE-WAY traffic control.

i         Install duplicated ‘B’ size R2-4 NO ENTRY signs with an additional R9-200 plate that displays the words ‘Emergency Vehicles Excepted’ immediately underneath, on both sides of Lewis Drive on the southern side of the intersection with Rawson Lane facing traffic that is travelling south in Lewis Drive.

j         Install duplicated ‘B’ size R2-4 NO ENTRY signs with an additional R9-200 plate that displays the words ‘Emergency Vehicles Excepted’ immediately underneath, on both sides of Lewis Drive on the northern side of the intersection with Brookong Avenue, facing traffic that may turn into Lewis Drive from Brookong Avenue.

k       That Wagga Wagga City Council write to Roads and Maritime Services seeking approval to use R9-200 plates, in circumstances as mentioned at points ‘i’ and ‘j’.

l         Install a ‘B’ size R2-14(R) (All Traffic Right) ONLY sign on the north-east corner of the intersection of Lewis Drive and Rawson Lane, facing traffic travelling south in Lewis Drive.

m      Install duplicated R2-2 series ONE-WAY signs on both sides of the  eastern end of Rawson Lane at the intersection with Yathong Street.

n       Install a single ‘A’ size R2-4 NO ENTRY sign on the north-east corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing east bound traffic in Rawson Lane.

o       Immediately under the sign that is mentioned at point ‘n’ install an ‘A’ size R2-14(L) (All Traffic Left) ONLY sign, also facing east bound traffic in Rawson Lane.

p       Remove the existing GIVE WAY sign control that is on the south-east corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling west in Rawson Lane.

q       Install a single ‘B’ size R1-1 STOP sign on the north-east corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling west in Rawson Lane.

r        Install a corresponding TF (STOP) line as per the provisions of Section 6.2 of the Roads and Maritime Services Delineation instructions across Rawson Lane in conjunction with the STOP signs mentioned at point ‘q’.

s       Install a single ‘B’ size R1-1 STOP sign on the north-west corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling east in Rawson Lane.

t        Install a corresponding TF (STOP) line as per the provisions of Section 6.2 of the Roads and Maritime Services Delineation instructions across Rawson Lane in conjunction with the STOP signs mentioned at point ‘s’.

u       Install an ‘A’ size R2-6(L) NO LEFT TURN sign on the south-east corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling west in Rawson Lane.

v       Install an ‘A’ size R2-6(R) NO RIGHT TURN sign on the south-west corner of the intersection of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling east in Rawson Lane.

 

Report

An extraordinary meeting of the Traffic Committee was held at Wagga Wagga on 11 October 2011 where a number of issues that related to the impending redevelopment of the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital were considered.  In all, seven separate reports were considered with recommendations made to Council on each matter.

Significant changes occurred during the hospital redevelopment project that have rendered three of the recommendations that were made as not necessarily in the best interest of traffic management in the Health Precinct.  In addition, a number of other matters have arisen which also require consideration.

Peck Street

At the meeting on 11 October 2011 a recommendation was made pursuant to RP-3 that the new section of Lewis Drive, which is now known as Peck Street, should be 7.5 metres wide with a footpath on the western side and a narrow nature strip on the eastern side.  Traffic was expected to flow in both directions. 

The evolution of traffic management around the hospital has caused necessary change, particularly with Ambulance vehicles being received on the southern side of the Emergency Unit which is contrary to the plan that was available for consideration in 2011. In that earlier plan, Ambulance vehicles were to be received on the northern side of the Emergency Unit.  The nature of traffic management in streets around the hospital has resulted in an improved access route for Ambulances now using Brookong Avenue and the southern end of Lewis Drive.

There is no longer a need for Peck Street to be a two-way thoroughfare.  Road safety around the hospital precinct is enhanced by limiting Peck Street to one-way movement with parked vehicles on one side, providing a traffic calming effect.

Traffic controls that are required in Peck Street to confirm the ONE-WAY nature of the street since its transfer to Council’s control are:

1.      Installation of duplicated ‘A’ size R2-4 series NO ENTRY signs on both sides of the extreme southern end of Peck Street, facing into the intersection with Yathong Street. See intersection map C, attached.

Peck St - view north from Yathong Street

2.      Installation of duplicated ‘A’ size R2-2 ONE-WAY signs on both sides of the extreme northern end of Peck Street. See intersection map B, attached.

R2-2 Sign

3.      Sight distance at the southern end of Peck Street is restricted by a fence on the eastern side.

Peck Street intersection with Yathong Street

Duplicated ‘A’ size R1-1 STOP signs have been installed and should be authorised to remain in that position.  Those signs should be supported by marking a STOP line on Peck Street across the intersection. See intersection map C, attached.

 

Hospital Precinct Speed Limit

This matter was considered at RP-6 on 11 October 2011.  The matter is still the subject of consideration and negotiation with Roads and Maritime Services.

Lewis Drive, from the intersection with Edward Street to the intersection with Yabtree Street, remains one-way north to south. 

Recent Issues

Yabtree Street Access

Yabtree Street has become a two-way street.  While construction was being undertaken, including the Emergency Unit Ambulance access bays being located opposite the western end of Yabtree Street, access to the part of Yabtree Street that is west of the intersection with Peck Street was restricted by sign to emergency vehicles only.

Signs currently in Yabtree Street immediately west of Peck Street

 

There is no longer a need to restrict west bound vehicles at this point.  Vehicles should be permitted to access parking that is adjacent to the Mental Health Unit, immediately on the western side of the existing signs.  Access to the Patient Transport Unit can also be gained by turning left at the western end of Yabtree Street onto a private driveway that is part of the hospital.  The existing duplicated signs should be removed. A single G9-18 NO THROUGH ROAD sign should be left in place on the south-west corner to indicate that there is no access to the broader road network from the western end of Yabtree Street. See intersection map B.

A ‘B’ size R2-6(R) NO RIGHT TURN sign should be located on the western side of Lewis Drive immediately opposite the intersection with Yabtree Street and facing west bound traffic in Yabtree Street.  A right turn at that point would see traffic travelling contrary to the ONE-WAY control in Lewis Drive.  It is recommended that a sign of a larger size than normal be used in this location in an effort to stop drivers from turning right at the intersection, directly into the path of oncoming traffic on a section of Lewis Drive that is a ONE-WAY thoroughfare, north to south. See intersection map A.

 

Yabtree Street - view to west end intersection with Lewis Drive

 

Lewis Drive – Southern End

The southern section of Lewis Drive between intersection with Yathong Street and Brookong Avenue has always been a ONE-WAY street, north to south.  The operation of the Emergency Unit requires that Ambulance vehicles be able to access the unloading bays by travelling north in Lewis Drive. 

The section of Lewis Drive between Yathong Street and Rawson Lane is about 7.5 metres wide which is sufficient to accommodate two-way traffic provided that there are no vehicles parked adjacent to either kerb.  Parking restrictions in Lewis Drive between Yathong Street and Brookong Avenue are dealt with in a separate report.

The section of Lewis Drive that is between Rawson Lane and Brookong Avenue is about four metres wide.  That section is only 40 metres long.  It is proposed that vehicular traffic in that section be restricted to use by emergency vehicles only. Ambulance vehicles that are intending to use that southern end of Lewis Drive will co-ordinate with each other using their radio network.  Other emergency service vehicles that may need to use that section of Lewis Drive under extreme circumstances will approach the section using appropriate warning devices.

It is recommended that any sign that indicates that this southern section of Lewis Drive is restricted to one-way flow should be removed. 

Duplicated ‘B’ size R2-4 ‘NO ENTRY’ signs with additional R9-200 plates that display the words ‘Emergency Vehicles Excepted’ should be installed at the southern end of Lewis Drive, facing out to the intersection with Brookong Avenue. See intersection map E. The same signs and additional plate should be installed on both sides of Lewis Drive, facing south bound vehicles, immediately on the southern side of the intersection with Rawson Lane. See intersection map D. It is imperative that use of this section of Lewis Drive be restricted to emergency vehicles.  For this reason it is recommended that the increased sign size be used.

R2-4 + R9-200 Sign Combination

Final approval for the use of R9-200 plates that display the words ‘Emergency Vehicles Excepted’ may only be granted by the Traffic Management Branch of Roads and Maritime Services.

A further ‘B’ size R2-14(R) ‘(All traffic right) ONLY’ sign should be installed on the north-east corner of the intersection of Lewis Drive and Rawson Lane, facing south bound traffic in Lewis Drive.  This sign is to insure that drivers do not turn left into Rawson Lane, contrary to a ONE-WAY control, east to west, on the eastern end of Rawson Lane between Yathong Street and Lewis Drive. See intersection map D.

R2-14(R) Sign

The concept that the southern end of Lewis Drive is not for use by all south bound vehicles is a change to historical traffic control arrangements in the area.  It is recommended that an increased size sign be used at this location to increase the likelihood of compliance.

Rawson Lane

The western end of Rawson Lane is now a two-way street from Docker Street to Lewis Drive. The eastern end of Rawson Lane between Lewis Drive and Yathong Street, is very narrow and only suitable for traffic travelling in one direction.  The lane provides rear of block access for houses that face Brookong Avenue and also an entry to the Renal Unit car park.  It is proposed that Duplicated ‘A’ size R2-2 series ONE-WAY signs be installed on both sides of Rawson Lane at the entry from Yathong Street. See intersection map F. It is further recommended that a single ‘A’ size R2-4 NO ENTRY sign should be installed on the north-east corner of Rawson Lane and Lewis Drive, facing traffic that is travelling east in Rawson Lane. See intersection map D. That sign should be accompanied by an ‘A’ size R2-14(L) (All Traffic Left) ONLY sign which should be located immediately under the NO ENTRY sign, also facing east bound traffic in Rawson Lane. See intersection map D.

Traffic travelling east and west in Rawson Lane have extremely poor sight distance toward the south at the intersection with Lewis Drive.

West bound view on Rawson Lane at Lewis Drive

 

East bound view on Rawson Lane at Lewis Drive

The GIVE WAY control on the south-east corner should be removed.  A single ‘B’ size R1-1 STOP sign should be installed on the north-east corner facing west bound traffic in Rawson Lane.  A similar sign should be installed on the north-west corner facing east bound traffic in Rawson Lane.  Corresponding STOP lines should be marked on Rawson Lane across the threshold of the intersection.  It is recommended that, since only one sign is being used in each instance, the sign should be of a larger size. See intersection map D.

A single ‘A’ size R2-6(L) NO LEFT TURN sign should be installed on the south-east corner facing traffic that is travelling west in Rawson Lane.  A single ‘A’ size R2-6(R) NO RIGHT TURN sign should be installed on the south-west corner facing east bound traffic in Rawson Lane. These two signs are calculated to stop drivers who might be intending to turn into the southern end of Lewis Drive that is now reserved for use by emergency vehicles only. See intersection map D.

 

 

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $5,000

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of these recommendations is to reduce the risk to road users in the area around the Hospital.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation has taken place with Murrumgidgee Local Area Health District management staff and with Emergency Service providers.

 

Attachments  

1.

Hospital Precinct Intersections

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-21

 










Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-22

 

RP-22            PARKING CONTROLS AROUND WAGGA WAGGA RURAL REFERRAL HOSPITAL - LEWIS DRIVE, PECK STREET AND YATHONG STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the following actions in respect of parking controls on streets around Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital:

a       Install R5-400 series NO STOPPING signs on the western side of Peck Street for the full length from Yabtree Street to Yathong Street.

b       Install an R5-400(L) NO STOPPING sign on the eastern side of Peck Street, 10 metres south of the intersection with Yabtree Street.

c       Install R5-40 series NO PARKING signs, with additional words ‘Authorised Vehicles Excepted’, on the eastern side of Peck Street from the sign mentioned at point ‘b’ for a distance or 59 metres toward the south.

d       Install R5-40 series NO PARKING signs, with additional words ‘Renal Patients Excepted’, on the eastern side of Peck Street, from the southern end of the zone that is mentioned at point ‘c’, for a length of 17 metres.

e       No further action to be taken in respect of RP-5 from the minutes of the Traffic Committee meeting that was held on 11 October 2011 relating to the planning and establishment of centre of road parking in Brookong Avenue and Murray Street.

f        Install a 10 metre length of NO STOPPING zone, using a R5-400(R) sign at the northern kerb of Yathong Street immediately west of Peck Street.

g       Install 43 metres of NO PARKING zone using standard R5-40 series signs with the additional words ‘Authorised Vehicles Excepted’, from immediately west of the zone that is mentioned at point ‘m’ to the western kerb alignment of the Lewis Drive.

h       Review parking controls that are mentioned at points ‘c’ and ‘g’ after the old tower block is demolished and a new car park is constructed on that space.

i         Install R5-400 series NO STOPPING signs on both sides of Lewis Drive for the full length from the intersection with Yathong Street to the intersection with Brookong Avenue.

 

Report

An extraordinary meeting of the Traffic Committee was held at Wagga Wagga on 11 October 2011 where a number of issues that related to the impending redevelopment of the Wagga Wagga Base Hospital were considered.  In all, seven separate reports were considered with recommendations made to Council on each matter.

Significant changes occurred during the hospital redevelopment project that have rendered three of the recommendations that were made as not necessarily in the best interest of traffic management in the Health Precinct.  In addition, a number of other matters have arisen which also require consideration.

Peck Street

At the meeting on 11 October 2011 a recommendation was made pursuant to RP-3 that the new section of Lewis Drive, which is now known as Peck Street, should be 7.5 metres wide with a footpath on the western side and a narrow nature strip on the eastern side.  Traffic was expected to flow in both directions.  Both sides of the street were to be controlled by NO STOPPING controls using standard R5-400 series NO STOPPING signs.  The evolution of traffic management around the hospital has caused necessary change, particularly with Ambulance vehicles being received on the southern side of the Emergency Unit which is contrary to the plan that was available for consideration in 2011. In that earlier plan, Ambulance vehicles were to be received on the northern side of the Emergency Unit.  The nature of traffic management in streets around the hospital has resulted in an improved access route for Ambulances using Brookong Avenue and the southern end of Lewis Drive. There is no longer a need for Peck Street to be a two-way thoroughfare.  Road safety around the hospital precinct is enhanced by limiting Peck Street to one-way movement with parked vehicles that provide a traffic calming effect.

Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) management had arranged with Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC) for Peck Street to be opened for use with traffic restricted to a ONE-WAY flow, north to south, with NO STOPPING controls on the western side.  The full length of the eastern side of Peck Street was subject to conditional permissive parking.  The first 10 spaces from the northern end are sign posted as ‘PARKING / Authorised Vehicles Only’. Vehicles that were authorised to park in these spaces are all associated with MLHD or NSW Health.  At this point in time Peck Street was still under control of MLHD and NSW Health and had not been transferred to the control of WWCC.

 

Peck Street - view from southern end

The remaining two spaces are sign posted as ‘NO PARKING / Renal Patients Excepted’.  A statutory length (10 metres) of NO STOPPING zone was imposed on the eastern side at the southern end of Peck Street.

The Renal Unit is separate from the main hospital building, located in Yathong Street immediately opposite the intersection with Peck Street.  The Renal Unit has been renovated and the parking layout, while providing the same number of spaces as before, is not as easy to use by some elderly patients.  Retaining these spaces has proven to be of great assistance to many patients.  Able-bodied staff park off-site, not within the Renal Unit parking area.

The ONE-WAY nature of Peck Street allows parking to be extended adjacent to the eastern kerb closer to the intersection with Yathong Street.  There is no need for the statutory 10 metre length of NO STOPPING zone to be imposed as traffic is not permitted to turn into Peck Street from Yathong Street. The length should be shortened to six metres using an appropriate sign if the recommendation is adopted.

MLHD have requested that the parking controls, described above, that were implemented before the street was transferred to Council’s control be permitted to remain in place thereby providing preferential parking in favour of MLHD and NSW Health vehicles and patients of the Renal Unit.  This arrangement should be reviewed once the old tower block is demolished and a new ground level car park is established in that space.

A separate report deals with the retention of Peck Street as a ONE-WAY Street and the appropriate controls to manage that option.

Brookong Avenue and Murray Street – Centre of Road Parking

This matter was dealt with as RP-5 on 11 October 2011.  That recommendation was that a centre of road parking scheme be designed for Brookong Avenue and the southern end of Murray Street.  Subsequent investigation of available space and the requirements for such a scheme, that are detailed in Australian Standard 2890 revealed that such a scheme could not be introduced in the width of seal between kerbs. The recommendation was not implemented.

Yathong Street Parking

The northern side of the section of Yathong Street that is between Peck Street and Lewis Drive has been subject to ‘NO PARKING / Construction Vehicles Excepted’ controls since that section of street was completed as part of the redevelopment project.  That control is no longer required.  The whole length is 53 metres, accommodating about six vehicles.  The statutory 10m length of NO STOPPING zone on the western side of the intersection with Peck Street should be supported with a single R5-400(R) NO STOPPING sign located at the northern kerb of Yathong Street, 10 metres west of the intersection with Peck Street.

The remaining 43 metres of kerb in this section on the northern side of Yathong Street should remain NO PARKING zone. MLHD had requested that the length be changed to ‘NO PARKING / Authorised Vehicles Excepted’.

MLHD wish to negotiate with WWCC to define vehicles that are authorised to park in this area as well as Peck Street.  Proximity to the Ambulance entrance into the Emergency Unit suggests that Authorised Vehicles should include Emergency Services vehicles.

Lewis Drive – Southern End

The section of Lewis Drive between Yathong Street and Rawson Lane is about 7.5 metres wide which is sufficient to accommodate two-way traffic provided that there are no vehicles parked adjacent to either kerb.  Parking on this section of Lewis Drive was previously restricted by NO PARKING controls but they have been removed. The section of Lewis Drive that is between Rawson Lane and Brookong Avenue is about four metres wide.  That section is 40 metres long.  The proposed operation of traffic in the southern end of Lewis Drive is dealt with by separate report.

It is recommended that the full length of both the eastern and western kerbs from the intersection with Yathong Street to the intersection with Brookong Avenue should be controlled by standard R5-400 series NO STOPPING signs.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $1,900

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of these recommendations is to manage the risk of parked vehicles on streets around the Hospital.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with Murrumbidgee Local Health District Management staff.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-23

 

RP-23            HOLBROOK ROAD SCHOOL BUS SIGNS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of W6-209 (School Bus Stopping) signs on both sides of Holbrook Road, 200 metres on the approach side of a 6720 Holbrook Road Rowan.

 

 

Report

It has been brought to the attention of Council Officers that an increasing number of young primary school age children wish to catch the school bus into Wagga Wagga from a position that is adjacent to the gate entry to 6720 Holbrook Road Rowan.  The number of school age children who live on three properties in close proximity was eight in 2015 and was to increase by one or two in 2016.

Representations have been made to establish a bus shelter at the location.  The proposal has the third highest priority on the list of proposed bus shelter sites in Wagga Wagga this year.

This section of Holbrook Road has a 100 km/h speed limit.  There is one lane in each direction.  The location is at the foot of a decline and right curve for north bound traffic and a right curve for south bound traffic.  The actual stopping location is good on both sides of Holbrook Road with adequate unsealed shoulder for a bus to be well outside of the painted edge line when it stops.

It is proposed to establish W6-209 signs 200 metres on the approach to the location in both directions.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $350

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with parents of children who live in this immediate vicinity and who are using or about to use the school bus service.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-24

 

RP-24            ANZAC DAY EVENTS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 23 February 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendations.

 

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at 5:30am and the parade and commemorative service at 10:00am on 25 April 2016 in the Victory Memorial Gardens and on Baylis Street, Morgan Street and Morrow Street subject to the following conditions:

 

a       Road closures for the event to commence from 6:00pm on 24 April 2016 to permit set up in Baylis and Morrow Streets around the Victory Memorial Gardens.

b       The event is to be conducted as per the location and times that are stipulated in the application documents.

c       A certified and approved Traffic Control plan to be implemented by authorised personnel from Wagga Wagga City Council prior to and throughout the event.

d       No vehicular movement in the nominated areas during the event except for those vehicles that are used as part of the parade.

e       Organisers and event participants obey all Police directions.

f        Organisers and event participants obey any direction from a Wagga Wagga City Council Officer.

g       Morgan Street, from Berry Street to Baylis Street, is to be opened to normal use by the non-event community once the parade has completely cleared that section of road and the street can safely be opened.

h       Baylis Street, from Morgan Street to the northern side of the intersection with Tompson Street is to be opened for normal use by the non-event community once the parade has cleared that section of road and the street can be safely opened to traffic.

i         No event participant is to occupy a position on a road that is outside of the closed area.

j         Failure to comply with any condition immediately voids approval for the event and traffic regulation and restriction will apply from that time.

 

Report

Application has been received from the Wagga Wagga RSL to hold the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, commencing at 5:30am, and the parade and commemorative service, commencing at 10am on Monday 25 April 2016 in Morgan Street, Baylis Street, Morrow Street and the area around the Victory Memorial Gardens.  This is the first ANZAC Day ceremony to be held after the centenary commemoration in 2015. Based upon renewed interest in Australia’s heritage and continued involvement in war zones overseas, organisers expect a significant number of people at both services, not dissimilar in size to the 2015 crowds.  

A strategy has been proposed that will allow for set up of infrastructure on Baylis and Morrow Streets prior to the commencement of the Dawn Service, as was the case in 2015.  That strategy involves the closure of Baylis Street between the Wollundry Lagoon Bridge and Morrow Street and Morrow Street between Baylis Street and Peter Street from 6:00pm on 24 April 2016.  A traffic control plan to accommodate this closure has been prepared and attached with other traffic control plans.  Wagga Wagga City Council will provide traffic control for the event.

Further road closures are implemented for the Baylis Street area immediately following the Dawn Service, about 6:30am.  Those closures will remain in place until the road closures are put into place to accommodate the parade and service at 9:45am.  The purpose of the interim traffic control plan is to create, as far as possible, an appropriate route for the main parade at 10:30am.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $4,500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The purpose of this report is to adequately manage risks that are associated with an on-street event on behalf of Council.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-25

 

RP-25            BOOROOMA STREET CROSSING POINT FOR PEDESTRIANS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse:

a       The extension of the 1.2 metre wide concrete footpath on the eastern side of Boorooma Street from near the intersection with Farrer Road for an additional length of 85 metres toward the south before turning the path to cross Boorooma Street at right angles and link to the existing shared path on the western side of the street.

b       Installation of two W6-1 (Pedestrian Warning graphic) signs, one on the north and one on the south approach to the new crossing point, at a distance of 60 metres from the crossing point.

c       Remove the kerb ramps and footpath linkages from the existing crossing point.

d       Reinstate kerb and gutter in place of the kerb ramps.

 

Report

A roundabout intersection treatment has previously been installed at the intersection of Boorooma Street and Farrer Road.  Both roads have a sign posted speed limit of 70 km/h at that point.  There is a shared path on the western side of Boorooma Street that links the residential area of Estella to the Charles Sturt University campus.  The Riverina Anglican College is located on Farrer Road, east of the intersection. There is a footpath connecting the school to the Boorooma Street shared path.  That path is on the southern side of Farrer Road.

When the roundabout was constructed a crossing point on Boorooma Street was included through the splitter island on the southern side of the intersection.  That point is 18 metres south of the southern alignment of Farrer Road.  Pedestrians are required to cross two travelling lane widths on both sides of the splitter island, a distance in excess of 11 metres.

The volume of traffic that travels west in Farrer Road, turning left onto Boorooma Street, particularly in the afternoon from 3:15pm onwards, has increased significantly with expansion of the High School and the construction of the Boorooma sub-division.  Drivers who are turning left from Farrer Road onto Boorooma Street concentrate on gap selection at the roundabout with a significant number of vehicles travelling south on Boorooma Street from the Charles Sturt University main gate.  Drivers tend not to notice pedestrians who are about to cross or crossing Boorooma Street even though the pedestrians have right-of-way over the turning vehicles pursuant to Rule 73 of Road Rules 2014.

View from existing crossing point towards Farrer Rd

The situation that has developed at this intersection with regard to the safety of pedestrians has been raised by parents of children who walk to and from the High School to Estella every day.  Many instances of near misses have been reported.

It is proposed that the existing concrete footpath should be extended a distance of 85 metres toward the south where it can be turned at right angles and cross Boorooma Street to again link with the shared path on the western side.  Boorooma Street has narrowed back to one lane in each direction at this point with about seven metres of seal. 

View from proposed crossing point back to Farrer Rd

 

It is proposed that the new crossing should be supported by the installation of appropriate W6-1 Pedestrian warning signs on both approaches to the crossing point.

The proposed location of the new crossing point is suitable for further development that may include the widening of Boorooma Street and the installation of a pedestrian refuge in the future.

The alignment of the proposed extension of the path is adjacent to an open drain.  For this reason it is proposed that the path should be in concrete rather than road seal so as to reduce the potential for damage to the path during periods of heavy rain.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $10,500

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with parents of children who use the crossing point every day.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-26

 

RP-26            FAY AVENUE PROPOSED PEDESTRIAN TREATMENT METHOD

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the use of three pedestrian refuges as a treatment option on Fay Avenue between Zeigler Avenue and Willow Street, with funding for design and construction of the structures being sought from the New South Wales Government’s five million dollar program for pedestrian infrastructure safety around schools.

 

Report

In March 2015 a report was presented to Traffic Committee in respect of pedestrian and vehicle movements in Fay Avenue, particularly in the periods immediately before and after school what a significant number of children that are travelling between their homes and three separate schools walk through this area, crossing Fay Avenue.  The following recommendation was made to Council:

RP-8 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse that Council Officers engage with a Roads and Maritime Services Safety Around Schools Project Officer and a Network and Safety Officer to formulate an appropriate treatment that enhances road safety in Fay Avenue, particularly in the hours immediately before and after school, with a report to be prepared for presentation to Traffic Committee.

This matter has not yet been resolved.

The NSW Government has recently announced a scheme titled, ‘NSW Government’s $5 million program for pedestrian infrastructure safety around schools’, to be administered by Roads and Maritime Services.  Submissions have been called for, seeking proposals that will enhance pedestrian safety for school age children around school precincts.  It is suggested to Council by Roads and Maritime Services that a proposal for a treatment on Fay Avenue may meet the criteria to attract funding from the program.

Further consideration of the matter since March 2015 has resulted in a proposed solution that would involve the construction of three pedestrian refuges on Fay Avenue between the intersections with Zeigler Avenue and Willow Street.  This proposal covers the main three desire lines that observations have shown are commonly taken by children when crossing Fay Avenue in this area.

The volume of vehicular traffic that uses Fay Avenue in the periods before and after school is substantial.  It is proposed that any pedestrian refuge design will include traffic calming aspects that are anticipated to formalise turning movements at:

·   Ziegler Avenue and Fay Avenue,

·   Boronia Avenue and Fay Avenue, and

·   Barinya Street, Willow Street and Fay Avenue. 

The traffic calming aspects should also serve to inhibit the speed of vehicles on Fay Avenue by narrowing the travelled path.

Cost

It is proposed that this project should be subject to an application under a NSW State Government funding initiative that will provide 100% funding if accepted.  The estimated cost of constructing three pedestrian refuges, including signs and line marking is $50,000.

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with Roads and Maritime Services representatives and Council Officers.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-27

 

RP-27            PLUNKETT DRIVE TRAFFIC ISLAND AND PEDESTRIAN REFUGE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a pedestrian refuge and splitter island, to be designed to comply with current accepted standards, in Plunkett Drive, immediately on the northern side of the T intersection with the end of Plunkett Drive, adjacent to Mater Dei Primary School, provided that such a structure can be funded as part of the New South Wales Government’s five million dollar program for pedestrian infrastructure safety around schools.

 

Report

The NSW Government has announced a program that is planned to enhance safety on roads for pedestrians in the vicinity of schools.  The program has called for nominations from schools to local councils.  Councils will compile a list of projects for each local government area and submit to Roads and Maritime Services.

Mater Dei Primary School and Mater Dei Catholic College, in consultation with council Officers, have jointly asked that the construction of a traffic island with a pedestrian refuge be recommended for Plunkett Drive.

Traffic management in Plunkett Drive was the subject of a report to Traffic Committee in November 2015.  This recommended treatment does not interfere with any of the adopted recommendations from that report.

Design of the proposed structure will not be undertaken until such time as the project is approved for funding under the Government’s safety program.

The photograph immediately above shows the location where the splitter island and refuge is proposed to be located in the foreground. 

The proposed structure will also serve to calm traffic in Plunkett Drive, discouraging manoeuvres that may be regarded as displays of impatience by drivers.  The width of seal is adequate to accommodate two x three metre travelling lanes in addition to a two metre wide refuge island.

Cost

It is proposed that this project should be subject to an application under a NSW State Government funding initiative that will provide 100% funding if accepted. The estimated cost of constructing a refuge, including signs and line marking is $16,000.


Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with Roads and Maritime Services and with the Management of both Catholic Schools that are located adjacent to Plunkett Drive.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 10 March 2016.                                                                       RP-28

 

RP-28            COLEMAN STREET PEDESTRIAN FENCING IN WAGGA WAGGA HIGH SCHOOL

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a pedestrian fence to be located longitudinally on the traffic island in Coleman Street, between Edmondson Street and Macleay Street provided that the project is fully funded by the New South Wales Government’s five million dollar program for pedestrian infrastructure safety around schools.

 

Report

The NSW Government has announced a program that is planned to enhance safety on roads for pedestrians in the vicinity of schools.  The program has called for nominations from schools to local councils.  Councils will compile a list of projects for each local government area and submit to Roads and Maritime Services.

Wagga Wagga High School has raised an issue that relates to the safety of students in Coleman Street.  Coleman Street between Edmondson Street and Macleay Street, adjacent to the northern boundary of the high school, has a raised median island that has been planted with shrubs.  Students will often cross the median island between the shrubs, appearing unexpectedly on the edge of the island adjacent to the travelling lane.

The school has actively discouraged students from crossing the island in this location but has been unable to stop the practice.  It is suggested that a length of pedestrian fence, erected longitudinally along the island, will prevent students from crossing Coleman Street at any but the desired locations on either end of the island.

 

 

Cost

It is proposed that this project should be subject to an application under a NSW State Government funding initiative that will provide 100% funding if accepted. The estimated cost of constructing this fence is $25,000.

Risk Management Issues for Council

The intended purpose of this report is to safely manage a risk issue that has been identified and that is detailed in the report.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with Roads and Maritime Services and with the Principal of Wagga Wagga High School.

 

  

 

   


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Reports submitted to the Traffic Committee to be held on Thursday 10 March 2016.