AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Traffic Committee

 

 

 

 

To be held on
Thursday
14 July 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 14 July 2016.

Traffic Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Thursday 14 July 2016

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                              2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                      2

Confirmation of Minutes                                                                                          2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                        2

Reports

RP-1            JOHN WOODMAN CLASSIC WAGGA WAGGA TO ALBURY BICYCLE RACE 3

RP-2            WAGGA WAGGA TRAIL MARATHON AND MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT            5

RP-3            TRUCK SHOW AND KIDS CONVOY EVENT                                                  10

RP-4            NSW CYCLING JUNIOR ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT                              12

RP-5            CHURCH STREET E1 EDGE LINE                                                                 14

RP-6            COOINBIL CRESCENT PROPOSED CHILDREN'S CROSSING                      17

RP-7            HAMPDEN AVENUE SERVICE ROAD NO STOPPING ZONE                         20

RP-8            MENZIES AVENUE PARKING RESTRICTIONS                                             23

RP-9            SHAW STREET - PETITION TO CLOSE INTERSECTION WITH DOCKER STREET                                                                                                                     25

RP-10          TARAKAN AVENUE NO PARKING ZONE                                                     32   

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE 


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1              CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - MEETING HELD 12 MAY 2016       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Traffic Committee Meeting held on 12 May 2016 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Minutes from Traffic Committee held 12 May 2016

35

 

 

  

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-1

 

Reports

RP-1               JOHN WOODMAN CLASSIC WAGGA WAGGA TO ALBURY BICYCLE RACE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 10 May 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

 

That Traffic Committee endorse the running of the Wagga Wagga to Albury  Woodman Cycle Classic on Sunday 31 July 2016, starting in Holbrook Road, near the intersection with Deakin Avenue, 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       Approval granted by the NSW Police under Section 115 of Road Transport Act 2013.

c       All provisions of Road Transport Legislation are complied with.

d       Any reasonable direction given by a member of the New South Wales Police Force 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       Responsibility for supplying signs and authorised traffic controllers lays with the event organiser, with no obligation on Wagga Wagga City Council to assist with any form of traffic management for this event.

h       The event being run in accordance with NSW Bicycle Federation rules.

i         Consent for this event being given by Greater Hume and Albury Councils

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

 

 

Report

An application has been received from the Albury Wodonga Panthers Cycling Club to conduct the Wagga Wagga to Albury John Woodman Cycle Classic on Sunday 31 July 2016.  The event is planned to start in Holbrook Road, Lloyd and continue south on that road to the LGA boundary with Greater Hume Shire, south of Mangoplah. Event participants will be started in four groups from 10am with a time gap between groups of approximately 5 minutes.  The TCP road closures will be implemented from 9:55am.  It is anticipated that the road will be open to traffic by 10:30am.

This is an annual event that has been conducted over a period of many years.  The event has been subject to the normal range of racing ‘events’ over the course of many years.  At no time has there been a suggestion that the event organisation was lacking or that the organisation contributed to any adverse event in Wagga Wagga LGA.

A representative from the Club has been in contact with Wagga Wagga City Council regarding the Traffic Control plans for the start of the event.  The reviewing officer at WWCC is satisfied with the content of the Traffic Control Plans for locations in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area.

The relevant papers for this application are attached and include a Traffic Management Plan and a Traffic Control Plan that demonstrates a graphical depiction as per the ‘Traffic Control at Worksites Manual’. 

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as ALMOST CERTAIN / MAJOR which places it in the EXTREME category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-2

 

RP-2               WAGGA WAGGA TRAIL MARATHON AND MOUNTAIN BIKE EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 31 May 2016 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the Wagga Wagga Trail Marathon  and Mountain Bike Race on Sunday 21 August 2016 which will involve temporary road closures on Moorong Street, Holbrook Road, Tamar Drive, Kimberley Drive, Plumpton Road, Lakeside Drive, Lake Albert Road, Kooringal Road, Vincent Road and Copland Street  and lesser degrees of traffic control on Flowerdale Road, Edward Street West, McNickle Road and Kooringal Road to facilitate the conduct of the event to the conditions that appear below.  There is also a contingency plan that may require a temporary closure of the Sturt Hwy at the Silverlite if the crossing that is under the road was to be impassable on the day:

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 to be complied with.

c       Any reasonable direction given by a member of the NSW Police 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       Failure to comply with any of these conditions will immediately void approval for the event.

f        Authorised Traffic Control Plans to be implemented, monitored and removed by person/s that hold the appropriate level of "Traffic Control at Worksites" certification.

g       The effect on the non-event community by road closures is to be minimised as far as possible by keeping the length of time that traffic is actually stopped to an absolute minimum.

h       All participants are to comply with the relevant provisions of Road Transport Legislation with particular emphasis to the controls and constraints that are placed upon pedestrians by the Road Rules, 2008.

i         Responsibility for sourcing signs, barriers and witches hats, required for implementation of the traffic control plans, lies with the Event Organising Committee.

j         Responsibility for the installation and removal of traffic control plans also lies with the event organiser.

k       The Mountain Bike race that forms part of this overall event shall not run unless permission is first granted by the Commissioner of Police, or his delegated Officer, under the provisions of Section 115 of the Road Transport Act 2013.

l         The Mountain Bike race that forms part of this overall event shall be conducted under the racing rules that are made and administrated by Mountain Bike Australia, as the governing body for that sport.

m      The organiser must produce a copy of a certificate of currency for a public liability insurance policy, to the minimum value of $20 million, endorsing 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 12 August 2016.

n       The Event Organising Committee will notify NSW Fire Brigade and Ambulance Service of the traffic control arrangements for the event and make provisions for emergency access in the area, if necessary.

o       Notification of the situation and liaison with residents that are directly affected by the route and suitable, reasonable arrangements made with those residents to meet their individual needs for access to and from their properties.

p       An adequate number of marshals, as per the authorised traffic control plans as a minimum, to be provided to each location around the course where traffic control devices are implemented to maintain the devices and to encourage safe spectator behaviour.

q       All ‘Stop/Slow’ controllers to be appropriately qualified by the Roads and Traffic Authority to perform such tasks, i.e. holder of current ‘Blue’ card.

r        In the event that a person wearing dark coloured clothing is not clearly visible at a distance of 100 metres all activity that is associated with this event on the various road reserves is to immediately cease.

 

Report

Application has been received from the Wagga Wagga Road Runners, Inc, to conduct a Trail Marathon foot race in Wagga Wagga on Sunday 21 August, 2016.  This is the ninth year that the event has been proposed.  The same course is to be used as for previous years.  All previous events have been conducted without incident.

A substantial addition was added for the 2014 event.  A mountain bike race event was held on the course, under the Mountain Bike Australia rules for such events.  That race commenced 15 minutes before the main marathon event.  The commencement time for the mountain bikes was 8:15am which was 1hr 15mins after the ‘Early Starter’ event commenced.  The event was run without adverse incident and it was agreed that it should be repeated in future years.

Mountain bike riders catch and pass the early starter runners on the section of the course that is near Lake Albert.  That is a suitable area to allow for easy and safe passing of the runners by the mountain bike competitors.

The combined event application papers are attached.


Times

The events are timed to start from 7:00am and will be completed with traffic controls de-commissioned before 4:00pm. 

Course

The Start/Finish will be at the Wagga Wagga Beach adjacent to the Bidgee Canoe Club rooms on the walking path.  There is ample parking for competitors, officials and supporters at the beach area.

 

·    From the start the course follows the walking path along the river levee bank toward the south, passing under Hammond Ave (Sturt Hwy) at Marshals Creek. 

·    The course continues on the shared path beside Kooringal Rd, crossing Copland St near the roundabout.  That portion of Copland St is closed to traffic during the event.

·    The course continues along the shared path on the western side of Kooringal Rd.  The course crosses Kooringal Rd at the old railway crossing.  That crossing point will be managed by traffic controllers.  The course continues south along the eastern side of Kooringal Rd, crossing Vincent Rd with the aid of a race marshal to manage competitors. 

·    The course continues on the eastern/southern side of Kooringal Rd, turning left on the shared path at Lake Albert Rd.  The course crosses Lake Albert Rd near Lakeside Dr. 

·    The course crosses Lakeside Dr and enters a reserve area that is free of traffic.

·    The course follows shared paths to Plumpton Rd which is crossed south of Kooringal / Red Hill Rd.  The course follows the western side of Plumpton Rd to Red Hill Rd where it turns left and follows a path along the southern side of Red Hill Rd. 

·    The course crosses Kimberley Dr, which will be closed to traffic.  The course continues to and then crosses Tamar Dr near the intersection with Red Hill Rd.  This arrangement has been used for the past two years with event marshals controlling runners at this crossing.

·    The course follows the southern side of Red Hill Rd to the top of Willans Hill where it leaves the road and follows the Wiradjuri Walking Track south, along the ridge line to Clifton St which will be crossed near the Kaloona Dr roundabout. 

·    The course turns right onto the eastern side of Holbrook Rd before crossing to the western side of Holbrook Rd north of Clifton St. The course follows the western side of the road reserve which is substantially separated from the road by grade, distance and vegetation.

·    The course leaves the road reserve at Ross Smith Dr, a Crown Road that is used infrequently by vehicular traffic.  The course follows the Wiradjuri Walking Track, which has been rerouted along a ridge line that is well off the road network, to a crossing point on the Sturt Hwy near McNickle Rd.  Provided that there is no flooding in the creek, the course will pass under the Sturt Hwy using a culvert that has been developed to accommodate pedestrian traffic.  In the event of flooding in the culvert the event will cross over the Sturt Hwy at the same location which will be controlled by an authorised TCP, and operated by two traffic controllers and with a speed restriction in place.

·    The course follows a path beside the access road to the Wagga City Golf Course and then entering the Pomigalana Reserve, which will be closed to vehicular traffic.  The course returns to the road network at McNickle Rd where it follows the western side of that road to Edward St West. It follows the northern side of that road before again following the Wiradjuri Walking Track to Flowerdale Rd. 

·    The course follows the northern side of Flowerdale Rd to Moorong St Service Rd where it turns left and follows the western side of that road.  Moorong St is closed to all north bound traffic.

·    The course leaves Moorong St Service Rd onto the Wiradjuri Walking Track and passes under the Gobba Bridge.  The course continues on the walking track, close to the Murrumbidgee River and returns to the START location at Wagga Beach without re-entering the road network.

Residents / Affected Persons

Wagga Wagga Road Runners Incorporated have undertaken the responsibility for contacting residents that will be directly affected by the conduct of this event due to the location of their residence, and to take action to satisfy all reasonable requests from those residents.

Traffic Control Plans

Certified Traffic Control Plans have been prepared for this event.  The event organisers have employed a private contractor and Forest Hill Rural Fire Service for the purpose of monitoring traffic controls and providing authorised traffic controllers to satisfy the requirements of the various TCP’s.  All traffic control is oversighted by Wagga Wagga City Council Officers.  Speed zone authorisations for the local road have been issued.  Speed zone authorisations for classified roads have been applied for through Roads and Maritime Services and are expected to be issued shortly.

Insurance

A copy of a certificate of currency of a public liability insurance policy, endorsing WWCC and the RMS as interested parties, will be supplied by the organisers prior to the event.  See item ‘m’ in the Recommendation.

Risk Assessment

Appropriate risk assessment documentation has been prepared and attached.

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as ALMOST CERTAIN / MAJOR which places it in the EXTREME category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-3

 

RP-3               TRUCK SHOW AND KIDS CONVOY EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members on 27 June 2016 with members responding in favour of the event.

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct of the Riverina Truck Show and Kids Convoy on streets in Lake Albert from 8am on 23 September 2016 subject to the following conditions:

a       The event is conducted between the times and dates that are mentioned in the application papers.

b       A certified Traffic Control Plan for the event is to be implemented, monitored and decommissioned by people with the appropriate ‘Traffic Control at Worksites’ accreditation.

c       Organisers and event participants will obey all reasonable directions that are given by Police.

d       Organisers and event participants will obey all reasonable directions that are given by Wagga Wagga City Council Staff.

e       Organisers, marshals and participants are to take all possible actions to minimise the effect of the event on the non-event community, throughout the event.

f        All participants are to obey any reasonable direction/s that is given by event organisers and event marshals throughout the course of the event.

g       Event participants are to obey the collective provisions of Road Transport Legislation at all times whilst participating in the event.

h       All event marshals and other assistants must wear reflective vests that meet the requirements of Australian Standard 4602:1999.

i         Event organisers must consult with the residents of Lake Street, Ontario Drive and Michigan Drive who may be affected by temporary parking restrictions in those streets at least two weeks prior to the event and the traffic management plans should be explained.  All efforts should be made to alleviate any serious concerns that are raised by those residents who are consulted. In the event that a solution to a problem cannot be found, the matter should be referred as soon as possible to WWCC Traffic Officers.

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

 

Report

An application has been received to conduct the Riverina Truck Show and Kids Convoy on 23 September 2016 in park land that is adjacent to East Lake Drive and in Ron Wheeler Park, bordered by Eastlake Drive, Ontario Drive, Main Street and Michigan Drive.  This is the third running of this event but the first time that it has been run in this exact location.  It was run in an area that was centered on Apex Park and the park beside the lake in 2015.

The event will commence at the Livestock Marketing Centre in Webb Street Bomen, with vehicles travelling on predetermined routes in convoy to reach the display area at different times.  Light vehicles and motor cycles take a direct route that allows participating drivers and riders to enter the display area before the arrival of the heavy vehicles.

Parking in Lake Street will be temporarily restricted on both sides so as to provide for safe and easy access for heavy vehicles to Eastlake Drive.

Entry to the display area for heavy vehicles will be managed by event marshals, as was the case in 2015.  Vehicles that queue while waiting to enter will not cause an impact on the non-event community.

Static vehicle displays, trade equipment shows and a live entertainment stage will all be located in the park between Lake Albert and Eastlake Drive.  Side show rides and similar attractions will be setup in the western end of Ron Wheeler Park.  Eastlake Drive will be closed to through traffic with the implementation of an authorised traffic control plan for the duration of the event. Ontario Drive and Michigan Drive will be open to through traffic but parking on the park side of both streets will be restricted to facilitate two-way flow.

Event parking is available at Apex Park and in streets surrounding the area.  This situation proved adequate in 2015 when Apex Park was not available for vehicle parking.

Cost

There are no costs to Council that are associated with this event.

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as ALMOST CERTAIN / MAJOR which places it in the EXTREME category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.  The event organiser will be required to consult with affected residents before the event.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-4

 

RP-4               NSW CYCLING JUNIOR ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was delivered to members electronically on 16 June 2016 with members responding unanimously in favour of the conduct of the event.

That Traffic Committee endorse the conduct by the Wagga Wagga Cycling Club of the New South Wales Junior Road Racing Championships on 14 August 2016 which will involve road closures in the central business district, allowing the event to run on Ivan Jack Drive to Best Street, Best Street to Tompson Street, Tompson Street to Peter Street, Peter Street to Morrow Street, Morrow Street to Baylis Street, Baylis Street to Fitzmaurice Street, Fitzmaurice Street to Johnston Street and Johnston Street to Ivan Jack Drive subject to the conditions that appear below:

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

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’ accreditation.

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

i         Wagga Wagga Cycling Club are to notify NSW Fire Brigade of the traffic control arrangements for the event and make provisions for emergency access to the closed area, if necessary

j         Wagga Wagga Cycling Club are to 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 (arrangements to be made to park ambulance vehicles on the northern side of  Johnston Street),

k       All races being run in accordance with NSW Bicycle Federation rules,

 

l         Notification of the situation to all residents within the area that is affected by the criterium event on 14 August 2016 and suitable, reasonable arrangements made with each resident to meet their individual needs for access to and from their properties,

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

 

 

Report

Application has been received from the Wagga Wagga Cycling Club on behalf of NSW Cycling to conduct the NSW Cycling Junior Road Championship Criterium event in Wagga Wagga on Sunday 14 August 2016.  This event will use the same course and setup as the Wagga Classic cycling event criterium.

The whole championship is held over two days being Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August 2016.  The road race is held on a course that is outside of Wagga Wagga LGA, starting and finishing in Wantabadgery. 

The second day of the event, Sunday 14 August, involves a series of criterium races on a closed course in the Wagga Wagga CBD.  See attached map.  This event will start at 9am and conclude by 2pm.  Due to the quantity of traffic control initiatives that are required, setup for the event will commence from first daylight.  Pack up with all roads open is expected to be complete by 4pm.

Similar arrangements will be implemented for this event as have been used for other criterium events on the same course over the past several years.

Appropriate traffic control plans to manage the criterium event are attached. Traffic control plans will be implemented and monitored by a private traffic control contractor for this event.

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as ALMOST CERTAIN / MAJOR which places it in the EXTREME category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the event organiser.  The event organiser is to consult with affected residents and businesses.

 

  

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-5

 

RP-5               CHURCH STREET E1 EDGE LINE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of 160 metres of E1 edge line on both sides of Church Street, delineating the outside edge of the travelling lanes, from the intersection with Johnston Street to the intersection with Cross Street.

 

Report

A request has been received from the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga to review the situation in Church Street regarding the ability of drivers to safely exit driveways and enter the travelling lanes.

Church Street is substantially straight in alignment with a gentle incline from north to south.  The street is 18.5 metres wide between kerb faces with 60° angle front-to-kerb parking on both sides.  Based upon AS/NZS 2890.5 that width is not sufficient to accommodate that parking configuration but it has been in place since well before the Australian Standard was formulated.  Crash history associated with vehicle parking in Church Street appears to be non-existent, negating any need in the past to bring the street into compliance with the Standard.

Drivers who regularly leave the driveway to the Anglican Church have complained that they have difficulty seeing past the angle parked vehicles to their right before entering the travelling lanes on Church Street.  The same issue was raised by drivers who leave the underground parking facility that is associated with the Watermark development.

Observations in the street has shown that drivers are unable to determine how far that they can move forward, when exiting a driveway, to see past vehicles that are angle parked at the kerb.  This strategy of marking an edge line so that drivers can better judge a safe position on the road has been successfully used in other locations around the city.  The strategy also helps to guide drivers who are travelling in the street where they should drive.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $300

 

Funding for implementation of the recommendation is expected to be sourced from the Lines and Signs budget

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as UNLIKELY / MODERATE which places it in the MEDIUM category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-6

 

RP-6               COOINBIL CRESCENT PROPOSED CHILDREN'S CROSSING

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the design and installation of a Children’s Crossing on Cooinbil Crescent at the rear of Kooringal Public School that complies with the provisions of Australian Standard 1742.10 and also with Roads and Maritime Services supplements.

 

Report

A letter from the Principal of Kooringal Public School was forwarded to Wagga Wagga City Council for consideration.  In the letter the Principal asked for investigation of the location in Cooinbil Crescent at which students and parents cross the street.  The location is adjacent to the School’s main entry gate on that street.  At that point Cooinbil Crescent makes a 90° angle turn.  This is the desire line that students and parents take to cross the street even though the school Principal has encouraged pedestrians to cross at other locations.

Observations in Cooinbil Crescent that have been made when school finishes have revealed a situation where parking positions in the street near the school are fully occupied by parents who are picking up children. More than 50 students and parents cross Cooninbil Crescent in the vicinity of the proposed location.  The flow of traffic, while significant, flows at a slower speed with compliance to the 40 km/h school zone speed limit being forced by the nature of the street alignment, the width of the street and the general congestion in the area.  Pedestrians have been seen to walk between vehicles in a manner that is unsafe.  Pedestrian safety in the area would be enhanced by the installation of a Children’s Crossing.

It is envisaged that the crossing would include kerb bulbs on the eastern side, which is the inside of the elbow.  That option would enhance sightlines for both pedestrians and approaching traffic.

Parking at kerb is already restricted at this tight curve on both sides of Cooninbil Crescent.  It is possible that the crossing could be installed without the loss of any further parking in the street.

The School Principal has indicated that school crossing flags would be administered by school staff.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $50,000

 

Funding for implementation of the recommendation is expected to be sourced from on a 50/50 basis from Roads and Maritime Services and Council.  A project proposal has been made to Roads and Maritime Services and ‘in principle’ support for the project has been given with an undertaking to provide proportional funding up to $50,000.  A more accurate cost for the project cannot be determined until an investigation and design is undertaken.  There are drainage issues associated with this location that need to be treated to achieve a successful outcome.

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as MAJOR / POSSIBLE which places it in the HIGH category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Kooringal Public School Principal and with Roads and Maritime Services Safety Around Schools Project Officer.

 

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-7

 

RP-7               HAMPDEN AVENUE SERVICE ROAD NO STOPPING ZONE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of 170 metres of NO STOPPING zone, using standard R5-400 series signs with the additional words “8am – 9:30am / 2:30pm – 4pm / School Days”, adjacent to a new drain and fence on the eastern side of Hampden Avenue Service Road opposite North Wagga Wagga Public School, as per the diagrams that are contained in the report.

 

Report

Traffic Committee have previously considered the situation that exists on the eastern side of the Hampden Avenue Service Road, opposite North Wagga Wagga Public School resulting in a recommendation that the area should be fenced to prevent access by motor vehicles.  The area between Hampden Avenue and the Service Road is part of the road reserve.  It is undeveloped with the sole purpose of providing a drainage path for overland flow waters.

Parents / carers often drive into this area and park in the period before and after school.  Young children are often allowed to leave vehicles from this position and cross the service road to enter the school grounds without immediate supervision from adults.  The Service Road in the periods before and after school is very busy with buses and many light vehicles dropping off and picking up children.

Children who are under 11 years have proven to be unable to safely judge the speed of approaching vehicles and the time that it takes to cross a road.  While the practice mentioned about has not yet resulted in a serious injury, the likelihood of an incident occurring in the future is unacceptably high.

Council’s Project Management Team have looked at the previous recommendation from Traffic Committee.  A decision was made to improve the drainage in this area at the same time. 

The standard requirements for building a fence on an alignment that is parallel to a road have resulted in a determination that the area may not be fenced in a conventional manner, i.e, by building a fence around the area. The fence would need to be too close to the western edge of Hampden Avenue and the eastern edge of the Service Road.  A determination has been made that a single fence line can be erected on an alignment that is roughly in the centre of the undeveloped area.  The fence will run parallel to the eastern side of a new concrete dish drain that will be constructed to improve drainage. The following diagram indicates the proposed alignment of the drain and the fence.

While the nature of the fence is expected to prevent children from climbing through from the Hampden Avenue side, it would still be possible for vehicles to stop on the eastern side of the Service Road and drop children in a position that will still require them to cross the busy Service Road.  That situation would not satisfy the intent of the original Traffic Committee recommendation.

The proposed treatment to prevent parents / carers from dropping children on the eastern side of the Service Road is to install a length of NO STOPPING zone along the western side of the new concrete drain.  While the use of regulatory signs to achieve a change in behaviour is not generally regarded as the best option, there is no purely engineering solution that will deliver the desired outcome at a reasonable cost.

There is adequate drop off and pickup space at the western kerb of the Service Road and in Elizabeth Street behind the school for children to be safely dropped off and picked up from school.  Children may need to walk a little further but it will be in a location that is safe for them to undertake that activity.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $1000

 

Funding for implementation of the recommendation is expected to be sourced from the budget for this project or from the Lines and Signs budget if needed.

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as Moderate / Possible which places it in the High category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Project Management Team.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-8

 

RP-8               MENZIES AVENUE PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse changing the existing timed parking restrictions on the northern side of Menzies Avenue to:

8am – 4pm

School Days

 

Report

At its meeting on 3 September 2013, Traffic Committee considered a proposal to restrict the times that parking is permitted at kerb on the northern side of Menzies Avenue adjacent to Kooringal High School property.  A recommendation was made that the northern side of Menzies Avenue should be a NO PARKING zone during the standard before and after school times.

The recommendation was:

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of a timed NO PARKING zone, using standard R5-40 series signs with the extra words:

 

8am – 9:30am

2:30pm – 4pm

School Days

 

along the northern side of Menzies Avenue from the intersection with Ziegler Avenue for 240 metres toward the east, terminating adjacent to the eastern boundary of Kooringal High School.

CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY

The reason for the recommendation being made was an approach from Police and the Kooringal High School Principal, suggesting that Menzies Avenue was parked out to capacity on both sides on most school days, causing undue traffic congestion in the 9 metre wide street.  Drivers were often required to reverse their vehicles along the street to facilitate two-way movement.  The street was predominantly used by students for parking, even though off-street parking was available.

The situation has apparently improved somewhat but many vehicles are still often parked at the northern kerb between 9:30am and 2:30pm.  Vehicles are often left after 2:30pm with drivers forgetting to move them or being otherwise occupied and unable to move them.  The Kooringal High School Principal has again drawn the situation to the attention of Council Officers.

Investigations revealed that vehicles were regularly parked at the northern kerb between 9:30am and 2:30pm and after 2:30pm on school days.  The southern kerb of Menzies Avenue is generally fully occupied by parked vehicles.  The few vehicles that are parked at the northern kerb do cause a restriction to unimpeded traffic flow.  Only one vehicle can pass through the restricted spaces at a time.  While not normally a serious issue, such an impediment may cause difficulties to emergency services vehicles who may be responding to an urgent call.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $250

 

Funding for implementation of the recommendation is expected to be sourced from the Lines and Signs budget

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as UNLIKELY / MODERATE which places it in the MEDIUM category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Kooringal High School Principal.

  

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-9

 

RP-9               SHAW STREET - PETITION TO CLOSE INTERSECTION WITH DOCKER STREET

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee:

a       Receive and note the content of this report, and

b       Endorse the preparation of a further report on this matter once further information is available.

 

Report

Wagga Wagga City Council has received a petition with 45 signatures that is in favour of closing the intersection of Shaw Street and Docker Street to vehicular traffic.  The content of the petition follows:

“The Petition of the residents of Shaw St and the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga – St Luke’s Anglican Church and St Luke’s Pre-School brings to the attention of the Wagga Wagga City council Traffic Committee, the intersection of Docker and Shaw St WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650.

 

Petitioners are concerned about the number of vehicles frequently disobeying the speed limit when entering Shaw St from the intersection between St Luke’s Anglican Church and the APC (Tank) and park.

 

With a number of small children living in the street and pre-schoolers coming and going daily, Child Pedestrian Safety is a real concern.

 

The undersigned petitioners therefore ask the Wagga Wagga City council Traffic Committee to close Docker & Shaw St intersection to all through traffic.”

 

The petition has been reported to a meeting of Council as required by Council’s policy on such matters.

A review of the signatories to the petition revealed that 10 premises, all on the western side of Shaw Street, between the intersections with Docker Street and South Parade, were not represented.  A letter has been prepared and delivered to each of the properties that were not represented by signatures on the petition.  That letter asks residents if they would like to express their opinion on this matter and provides the Traffic Section as a contact point.

Shaw Street intersects with Docker Street at an angle of about 90° and in a location that is very close to the Docker / Edward Street intersection.  Only a left turn into the street is permitted.  A right turn in is prohibited by a median island in Docker Street.  The initial entry point is narrow, about 4.6 metres between kerb faces, and about 40 metres long.  This section is limited to one-way traffic from Docker Street to Shaw Street proper.  No parking of vehicles is permitted in this length and there are no access driveways.

The land on the corner of Docker Street and Shaw Street is occupied by St Luke’s Anglican Church, hall and Pre-school, all part of the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga.  A letter has been received by Council from Venerable David Ruthven, Rector of the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga favouring the closure of Shaw Street at the intersection with Docker Street.

As indicated in the petition statement, the St Luke’s Pre-school entry is most conveniently from the southern end of Shaw Street. Timed angle parking has been established in that area to accommodate drop off and pickup.  This activity does result in pre-school age children being on Shaw Street on a regular basis as might be expected at an establishment of this nature.  St Luke’s Pre-school was established at a time before off-street parking and drop off areas was required.

Further investigation of the land parcel that is owned and occupied by St Luke’s suggests that the narrow, one-way section of Shaw Street has been built across the southernmost tip of that land.  See the following overhead photograph that has a cadastre image of the property boundary overlayed.

A check with Council’s Land and Properties Section revealed that:

1.   The land on which part of the road has been constructed is part of the block known as 68 Docker Street (Lot 8, DP640), and

2.   There is no right-of-way or other agreement recorded that provides public access to that land without permission from the owner.

Since the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga favours the proposal to close this intersection it appears as though it may be necessary to take that action.

If it is the resolution of the Council to close the intersection, traffic flow in the wider area will not be seriously affected.  The one-way nature of the length to be closed has the effect of restricting the volume of traffic that can be diverted without additional controls or facilities being introduced to other locations.  It is likely that traffic that has normally used this entry point to Shaw Street would divert to either Bolton Street or Albury Street or, in the case of traffic that is travelling through to Kincaid Street, McKinnon Street or Dobbs Street.  The likely division of vehicle movements over these four or more alternate routes would be expected to guarantee that no single location will endure an undue increase in traffic volume that is above the capacity of the network to accommodate.

Shaw St could easily be temporarily closed using portable steel barriers with a D4-1-1 or D4-5 sight board and a G9-20 ‘ROAD CLOSED’ sign on both ends.  In the longer term it may be appropriate to close both ends of the street by removing the linking section and constructing kerb and gutter.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $ Nil

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as Major / Unlikely which places it in the Medium category.

Internal / External Consultation

This matter arose from a petition. Further consultation has been undertaken with representatives from the Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga and with Council’s Land and Properties Section.

 

 

 

Attachments  

1.

Letter in Support of Petition from Anglican Parish of Wagga Wagga

 

 

 

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.                                                                             RP-9

 



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

 

RP-10            TARAKAN AVENUE NO PARKING ZONE

Author:          Harvey, Bill         

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee endorse the installation of 5 metres of NO PARKING zone, using standard R5-40 series signs, on the western side of Tarakan Avenue on either side of the driveway exit from Holy Trinity Primary School and Good Start Early Learning, Ashmont, as indicated in the diagram contained in the report.

 

Report

A request has been received from the Principal of Holy Trinity Primary School, Ashmont, regarding parking issues adjacent to the schools exiting driveway onto Tarakan Avenue. To resolve the issue the school has requested a short length of NO PARKING zone be established on both sides of the exiting driveway to alleviate the current parking congestion. The school currently has a student population of 270 primary aged children with approximately 80% travelling to and from the school by private vehicle of which all attending vehicles utilising the school car park must exit via the driveway onto Tarakan Avenue.

Attending Council Traffic Officers have identified that motorist’s attending the school and the adjacent child care centre park in Tarakan Avenue up to the driveway boundaries of the exit, restricting driver’s vision when exiting onto Tarakan Avenue. The childcare centre, who similarly are aware of the issue, has also stated that the incidence of vehicles frequently parked in the street up to the driveway has increased and have no objection to the installation of parking control signage to prevent future re-occurrence.  The aim of this recommendation is therefore to create a short length of NO PARKING zone on both sides of the driveway so that sight distances for drivers who are exiting from the school and child care centre are enhanced.

Cost

Estimated cost of implementing this initiative $250

 

Funding for implementation of the recommendation is expected to be sourced from the Lines and Signs budget

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.

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as Unlikely / Moderate which places it in the Medium category.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Holy Trinity Principal and with the Pre-School Coordinator.

 

  

 

   


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 July 2016.

 

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE 

  


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