AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Traffic Committee

 

 

 

To be held on
Thursday 14 May 2020

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 May 2020.

Traffic Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Thursday 14 May 2020

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                          2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 2

Confirmation of Minutes

CM-1           CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - MEETING HELD 12 MARCH 2020            2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                    2

Reports

RP-1            RAYE STREET - INSTALLATION OF A SIGHT BOARD NEAR NUMBER 85 3

RP-2            DALMAN PARKING - NO PARKING ZONE ACROSS DRIVEWAY TO RIVERINA GUMS RETIREMENT VILLAGE                                                                             6

RP-3            LAKESIDE DRIVE AND LAKE ALBERT ROAD - BUS INTERCHANGE      10

RP-4            FORSYTH STREET BETWEEN BAYLIS STREET AND BERRY STREET - PREVENTION OF U-TURNS                                                                                            14

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE                                                                                         18


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

Confirmation of Minutes

 

CM-1              CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES - MEETING HELD 12 MARCH 2020       

 

Recommendation

That the Minutes of the proceedings of the Traffic Committee Meeting held on 12 March 2020 be confirmed as a true and accurate record.

 

 

Attachments

 

1.

Minutes - Traffic Committee Meeting - 12 March 2020

19

 

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-1

 

Reports

RP-1               RAYE STREET - INSTALLATION OF A SIGHT BOARD NEAR NUMBER 85

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was sent to members by email on 24 April 2020 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

Traffic Committee recommends the installation of an ‘A’ size D4-1-1 sight board behind the eastern kerb of Raye Street, in front of number 85, facing east bound traffic in Raye Street

 

 

Report

The local member of the NSW Parliament, Dr McGirr, has forwarded a request to Council from a resident of Raye Street.

 

The resident lives at 85 Raye Street which is on the eastern side of the street at a 90° angle curve, as shown in the diagram appearing below.  About 7:30am on 1 January 2020, a driver who was travelling east in Raye Street at an unknown speed failed to make the 90° left turn, continuing across Raye Street, mounting the kerb, crossing the nature strip apparently between trees and collided with the front wall of the house at number 85.  An amount of damage was caused to the property.

 

The resident is seeking the construction of a guard rail on the nature strip on the eastern side of Raye Street that will protect the house from any future similar incidents.

 

This is the only crash that is reported to have happened at that location.  It is reasonable to expect that at least one other behaviour type was the main contributing factor for this particular crash.  A request has been made to NSW Police for any information that might provide some enlightenment on the circumstances surrounding the crash.

 

Council is not in a position to provide guard rails at every similar location to reduce the risk of an out-of-control vehicle leaving the road and colliding with a building.  The design features of residential streets are such that, provided drivers adhere to Road Transport Legislation, the likelihood of this type of crash occurring is virtually nil.  If there was some road design or surface condition factor that existed, the need for a barrier might be different but in this case, the nature of the road alignment and the sealed surface is the same as it is in many other locations throughout the City and across New South Wales.

 

The nature of the road alignment, with a 90° bend, is likely to have contributed to this particular crash.  There is no sight board at the bend that might help a driver to see the imminent change in alignment.  The recommendation that is made is to install a sight board with the aim of improving delineation for drivers. The following diagrams indicate the proposed position of a sight board.

 

 

 

Risk Management Issues for Council

The risk involved in this matter without any treatment has been assessed as Moderate / Almost Unprecedented - which places it in the Low category.

 

Internal / External Consultation

This matter arose from a letter of representation that was provided by Dr McGirr.

 

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-2

 

RP-2               DALMAN PARKING - NO PARKING ZONE ACROSS DRIVEWAY TO RIVERINA GUMS RETIREMENT VILLAGE

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 21 April 2020 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

Traffic Committee recommends the installation of a length of NO PARKING zone, using standard R5-40 series signs, on the southern kerb of Dalman Parkway, commencing six metres on the western side of the main driveway to number 44, Riverina Gums Retirement Village, and extending towards the east to the eastern side of the first individual driveway that is associated with that development, an overall distance of 31 metres.

 

 

Report

A request has been received from the management of the Riverina Gums Retirement Village to establish a length of NO PARKING zone on both sides of the main driveway entry and exit off Dalman Parkway with the aim of improving sight distance for drivers who are leaving the village. 

 

There are seven units in the Riverina Gums establishment that have direct driveway access onto Dalman Parkway.  There are about 90 residential units in the complex that use the single main driveway entry and exit, shown in the diagram that appears below.  Most of the residents own and use private motor vehicles that are garaged on site, using the main driveway to connect to the broader road network.  There are also a significant number of management and service vehicles that use the driveway each day.

 

Dalman Parkway is a collector road in the hierarchy, carrying about 5,000 vehicle per day.  Close proximity to South City shopping centre has inflated the volume of traffic in the area above that of a normal residential area.

 

The main driveway, at the interface with the road, is about nine metres wide.  The view to the left (towards Pinaroo Drive) when leaving the driveway is not overly difficult as indicated in the following photograph.

 

 

The view to the right is more difficult due to a curve in the alignment of the road, demonstrated in the following photograph.

 

Installation of a length of NO PARKING zone that extends six metres to the western side of the main driveway and 16 metres to the east of the main driveway is likely to significantly improve the sight distance for drivers who are exiting onto Dalman Parkway.

 

 

 

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 / Very Unlikely - which places it in the – Medium category.

 

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the management of the Riverina Gums Retirement Village.

 

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-3

 

RP-3               LAKESIDE DRIVE AND LAKE ALBERT ROAD - BUS INTERCHANGE

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 9 April 2020 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

Traffic Committee recommends that:

a        18 metres at the eastern end of the existing BUS ZONEs that are on both sides of Lakeside Drive near the intersection with Lake Albert Road be changed from only operating in the periods before and after school to operating for the standard BUS ZONE times in Wagga Wagga by adding the following words, ‘7am to 7pm / Sun – Wed / 7am to 10pm / Thu – Sat’ .

b        The remaining 42 metres of existing BUS ZONE on both sides of Lakeside Drive should not change.

c        Construction of a bus shelter and a connecting path at the BUS ZONE on the southern side of Lakeside Drive, as indicated in the attached diagram.

d        Installation of an 18 metre length of BUS ZONE, using standard R5-20 series signs with the additional words, ‘7am to 7pm / Sun – Wed / 7am to 10pm / Thu – Sat’, on the western side of Lake Albert Road about 30 metres north of the intersection with Lakeside Drive.

e        Construction of a hard stand area off the western side of Lake Albert Road to ensure that the BUS ZONE that is mentioned at point ‘d’ does not interfere with north bound traffic.

f        Construction of a bus shelter and a connecting path at the bus zone that is mentioned at point ‘d’, as indicated in the attached diagram.

g        Installation of an 18 metre length of BUS ZONE, using standard R5-20 series signs with the additional words, ‘7am to 7pm / Sun – Wed / 7am to 10pm / Thu – Sat’, on the eastern side of Lake Albert Road opposite the intersection with Lakeside Drive, as indicated in the attached diagram.

h        Construction of a hard stand area off the eastern side of Lake Albert Road to ensure that the BUS ZONE that is mentioned at point ‘g’ does not interfere with south bound traffic.

i         Construction of a pedestrian friendly all-weather surface at the BUS ZONE that is mentioned at point ‘g’ that provides connection between a stopped bus and the existing pedestrian footpath.

j         Construction of a pedestrian refuge on Lake Albert Road about 25 metres south of the intersection with Lakeside Drive, with the aim of assisting pedestrians to cross Lake Albert Road between the BUS ZONE that is mentioned and point ‘g’ and the BUS ZONE that is mentioned  in point ‘a’, as shown in the attached diagram.

k        Install R2-3AA KEEP LEFT signs on the ends of the refuge islands that are mentioned at point ‘j’, facing approaching traffic.

 

 

Report

An upgrade of Wagga Wagga’s public bus service has recently been undertaken.  Changes to the bus routes that service the residential areas of the city will require changes to the way that people use the bus service.

 

Attached is an email letter from Depot Manager of Busabout Wagga Wagga, explaining that it will be necessary for passengers that are travelling from Tatton and the western side of Lake Albert to the CBD and return to interchange between services at the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Lake Albert Road.

 

Facilitation of the interchange activity will require the establishment of:

·        BUS ZONES in both streets

·        Hard stand areas that are out of the travelling lane on Lake Albert Road for both new BUS ZONEs

·        Bus shelters on the southern side of Lakeside Drive and the western side of Lake Albert Road to allow passengers to wait for the connecting service with some degree of protection from the weather

·        Pathways that connect the two bus shelters with existing paths

·        A pedestrian friendly place for passengers to alight from the south bound bus on the eastern side of Lake Albert Road that provides connection to the existing path

·        Construction of a pedestrian refuge, with appropriate warning signs, on Lake Albert Road to facilitate safe pedestrian movements between the BUS ZONE on the eastern side of Lake Albert Road and the BUS ZONE on the southern side of Lakeside Drive.

 

It is apparent that this infrastructure is necessary to enable the changes that have been made to the public bus services in this area.

Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risks that are associated with this matter.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Busabout Depot Manager and with Transport for NSW.

 

Attachments

 

1.

Letter From Busabout Manager Regarding Change to Network

 

2.

Diagram of Proposed Bus Interchange at Lakeside Dr and Lake Albert Rd

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-3

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-3

 


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 14 May 2020

RP-4

 

RP-4               FORSYTH STREET BETWEEN BAYLIS STREET AND BERRY STREET - PREVENTION OF U-TURNS

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee members note that the following matter was distributed to members by way of email on 6 April 2020 with members responding in favour of the recommendation.

Traffic Committee recommends that:

a       U turns be denied on the length of Forsyth Street between Baylis Street and Berry Street by:

b       in the short term, installing ‘A’ size R2-5 NO U TURN signs at each of the three breaks in existing median islands on that section of road, facing traffic travelling in both directions as per the attached diagram, and

c        in the long term, design and construct a continuous median island, broken only by the pedestrian traffic signals at the mid-block point.

 

 

Report

NSW Police have raised the issue of drivers making unsafe U-turns in Forsyth Street between Baylis Street and Berry Street.  Drivers are making U-turns at breaks in the median island.  There are three breaks at which there is sufficient room for a driver to turn a vehicle.  Each of these is used by drivers who don’t want to continue on to the next safe place where a U-turn can be made.

 

Police have been acting on this matter, issuing infringement notices to drivers for making unlawful U-turns.  A U-turn is unlawful if it disrupts traffic flow or if it is made by crossing an unbroken separation line.

 

Observations in Forsyth Street support the suggestion by Police that many of the U-turn movements that occur in that street are being made in an unsafe manner.  Drivers appear not to be seeing pedestrians who cross outside of the pedestrian traffic signals.  It also seems that they are not seeing other vehicles that are moving in the street.  Some drivers found that they misjudged their turns. They were not able to complete the turn in one movement, having to make a three point turn instead, which interrupts the free flow of traffic.

 

Overall, there is no need for a driver to make a U-turn in this section of Forsyth Street where vehicle and pedestrian traffic is very heavy.  The potential for a collision with a pedestrian or another vehicle is very high. That risk is unnecessary with proximity to the Berry and Peter Street roundabouts which allow U-tuns to be made safely.

 

The recommendation is to make it clear to drivers that U-turns at each of the three vehicle accessible breaks is not permitted in the short term, by installing NO U-TURN signs.  In the long term it is suggested that the median island be extended to prevent U-turn movements.


 

 

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 - which places it in the Moderate / Very Likely -  High category.

 

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with NSW Police

 

 

 


Reports submitted to the Traffic Committee to be held on Thursday 14 May 2020.


QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE


Reports submitted to the Traffic Committee to be held on Thursday 14 May 2020.