AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

 

 

Traffic Committee

 

 

 

To be held on
Thursday 9 July 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 9 July 2020.

Traffic Committee AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPER

Thursday 9 July 2020

ORDER OF BUSINESS:

CLAUSE               PRECIS                                                                                            PAGE

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY                                                                          2

APOLOGIES                                                                                                                 2

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST                                                                                    2

Reports

RP-1            FARRER ROAD - CONTROL DEVICES AFTER UPGRADE                         3

RP-2            PETER STREET - MOBILITY PARKING SCHEME SPACES                      11

RP-3            TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB - WEEKLY RACE MEETINGS 2020-2021        15

RP-4            FLINDERS STREET PARK PARKING                                                       17

RP-5            KYEAMBA AVENUE LADYSMITH - BUS ZONE                                        19

RP-6            LAKE ALBERT ROAD BUS PICKUP AND DROP OFF                              20

RP-7            PINE GULLY ROAD AND OLD NARRANDERA ROAD - CHANGE TO GIVE WAY CONTROL                                                                                                24

RP-8            SYDNEY STREET TARCUTTA - NO STOPPING ZONES                           26

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE                                                                                         29


ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

 

 

APOLOGIES

 

 

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

RP-1

 

Reports

RP-1               FARRER ROAD - CONTROL DEVICES AFTER UPGRADE

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends that:

a       the control devices that are displayed in the attached diagrams, pages 43 to 48 (inclusive) of Farrer Road final design drawings, be adopted.

b       the two bus bays that are located at chainage CH234 and CH1450 be controlled by installing R5-20 series BUS ZONE  signs over the full length of both indented bays to prevent the facilities from being used for any unintended purpose.

c        The lengths of C3-R unbroken yellow coloured edge lines on both sides of the road over much of its length, that are intended to convey notification of a length of NO STOPPING zone as per the requirements of Road Rules 2014 Regulation 169, be supported by the installation of R5-400 series NO STOPPING signs that are displayed at intervals of not greater than 50 metres.

 

 

Report

The full length of Farrer Road, from Boorooma Street to Coolamon Road, has been redesigned and constructed with a view to meeting the needs of the Estella and Boorooma localities.  The street has been widened to two marked travelling lanes in each direction for much of its length.

 

The physical work associated with this project is being undertaken and is expected to be completed in the near future.  The nature of the traffic control devices that are to be employed on the length of Farrer Road are to be considered and confirmed.

 

The nature of the controls that are proposed are diagrammatically demonstrated in the attached six pages.

 

It is noted that the two bus bays, shown on the diagrams on the first and last pages, are not regulated by the inclusion of R5-20 BUS ZONE signs.  It is suggested that the use of the signs over the full length of each bay will reserve the two locations for their intended purpose.  Given the length of time that bus services are provided for the City and the nature of the locations where the bays are located, it is not proposed that additional words be included on the sign and that they be allowed to apply on a 24/7 basis.

 

The diagrams that outline the proposed control instruments make use of C3 yellow coloured unbroken edge lines over much of the length of Farrer Road.  Road Rules 2014, Regulation 169 conveys the following instruction:

 

169   No stopping on a road with a yellow edge line

    A driver must not stop at the side of a road marked with a continuous yellow edge line.

 

C3 unbroken yellow edge lines are not widely used in Wagga Wagga to signify a NO STOPPING zone.  While they are a lawful instrument, in fairness to road users, it is proposed that the meaning of the lines should be supported by the inclusion of R5-400 NO STOPPING signs at reasonable intervals.

 

It is noted that on the first page there is a W4-9 / W8-15 (LEFT LANE ENDS / MERGE RIGHT) combination sign that is shown on the southern side of the street in a position that is in front of an R4-231 (END SCHOOL ZONE) sign.  It is likely that the vertical difference in the positioning of the two signs will result in both signs being visible to all west bound drivers.  If one sign obscuring the other is revealed as a problem, there is latitude for the W4-9 / W8-15 sign to be moved towards the east, thereby alleviating the issue.

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 Severe / Very Likely - which places it in the VERY HIGH - category.

 

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Project Manager

 

Attachments

 

1.

Farrer Road Plan Diagrams

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

RP-2

 

RP-2               PETER STREET - MOBILITY PARKING SCHEME SPACES

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends that two contiguous and compliant Mobility Parking Scheme spaces be established in the southern block of Peter Street, as near as possible to number 20 on the western side or number 15 on the eastern side, using standard R5-1-3 series signs.

 

 

Report

A request has been received by Council from the management of Intereach Ltd, situated at 20 Peter Street, for the establishment of at least two Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) (disability) spaces to be established on street in the area around number 20.  The request, which is attached to this report, cites the close proximity of Intereach Ltd, the St Vincent de Paul Society shop and the Womens’ Health Centre.  Each of those destinations attracts a high proportion of MPS permit holders.

 

Previous investigations in respect of the 2650 and 2651 post code areas revealed that the ratio of MPS permit holders to both registered vehicles and licenced drivers is between 4% and 5%.  A count of parking spaces in Peter Street between Edward Street and Morgan Street revealed that there are 80 marked parallel spaces.  There are currently no MPS spaces in that block.

 

The final exact position of the suggested MPS spaces will need to be determined after consideration of engineering aspects such as the location of drainage pits and other underground infrastructure. Making the spaces contiguous reduces the number of ramps that will be required as the ramp in the centre can be shared, thereby reducing cost of installation.

Attached to this report is a copy of the original recorded request from the customer, a diagram that demonstrates on-street parking bay numbers in the CBD and a diagram that demonstrates the disposition of MPS parking spaces in the same area.

Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risks that are associated with this matter.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the Manager of Intereach Ltd.

 

Attachments

 

1.

Parking space numbers in CBD

 

2.

Wagga CBD parking categories

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

RP-3

 

RP-3               TOLLAND CYCLING CLUB - WEEKLY RACE MEETINGS 2020-2021

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

That Traffic Committee note that the following matter was distributed to members by email on 15 June 2020 with members responding in favour of the event.

That Traffic Committee endorses the conduct of a weekly bicycle race club meeting on a course along Uranquinty Cross Road between Uranquinty and The Rock-Collingullie Road, 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’ accreditation.

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         Production of a copy of the renewed public liability insurance certificate of currency to Wagga Wagga City Council after the current policy expires on 1 January 2021, before any further racing is undertaken,

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

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

 

 

 

Report

Tolland Cycling Club has applied for permission to conduct a weekly race meeting, commencing 8:30am and finishing up to 11:30am on Sundays, commencing from the first available date and running until the end of the 2020 – 2020 racing season (30 June 2021).

This is an identical application for weekly racing as the application that was approved for the 2019-20 season.  Events have been held on this course on a regular basis on Sunday morning throughout the last 11 months.  There have been no adverse incidents on the course during that time.

Racing involves four to six groups of competitors with five or six riders in each group.  Groups of riders will be started at varying times.  Start times for groups will be spaced so that they should not overlap while on the course.

This event course is the same as that which has been used for the Club’s weekly race meetings for the past two years.  The road and the environment are suitable for club level road racing events.

 

The event will start and finish outside of the Uranquinty urban area, about 500 metres west of Baker Street.  The turnaround point will be about 600 metres east of the intersection with The Rock – Collingullie Road.  Sight distance for approaching traffic at both locations is excellent.

 

The speed limit on this section of Uranquinty Cross Road is default rural – 100 km/h.  Traffic volumes are very low, particularly on Sunday morning, nominally estimated to be less than 10 vehicles per hour.

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 9 July 2020

RP-4

 

RP-4               FLINDERS STREET PARK PARKING

Author:                        Frank Goodyer         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends the installation of a length of NO PARKING zone, using standard R5-40 series signs, on the eastern kerb of Flinders Street, directly in front of the public park, identified as No. 45 Flinders Street. The zone is to extend 20 metres between the northern and southern boundary of the park. Signs to include the words 10AM-2PM/MON-FRI/WAGGA CITY COUNCIL VEHICLES EXCEPTED.

 

Report

A request has been received from Peter Rowlands, Team Leader, Parks Operations (open space) for a NO PARKING zone across the frontage of the public park at No. 45 Flinders Street. A restricted time zone has been requested due to the maintenance required at the park on a regular basis. This includes the removal of rubbish, mowing, irrigation repair, fertilising, broadleaf spraying and equipment maintenance/repair. These works are unable to be conducted concurrently. The drain at the rear of the park requires regular maintenance for the removal of debris but cannot be accessed from the cul-de-sac in Hill street due to the large size of service vehicles.

Risk Management Issues for Council

No risk has been identified with this recommendation.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with internal WWCC stakeholders.

 

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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RP-5               KYEAMBA AVENUE LADYSMITH - BUS ZONE

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends the installation of a bus zone on the western kerb of Kyeamba avenue, associated with the current bus shelter, utilising R5-20 BUS ZONE signs denoting times and words 7.30 – 9am/SCHOOL DAYS and additionally on the eastern kerb of Kyeamba avenue, associated with the formed concrete pad, R5-20 BUS ZONE signs denoting times and words 3pm – 4.30pm/SCHOOL DAYS.

 

 

Report

A complaint was received from a school bus operator that contractors were parking work vehicles in the formed pickup area on Kyeamba street, near Tywong street Ladysmith. This is an area where council has installed a bus shelter on the western kerb and a formed concrete pad directly opposite on the eastern kerb. Both areas are utilised for the pickup and drop off of school children on school day mornings and afternoons. When approached by an employee of the bus company requesting they move the vehicles, the contractor claimed a right to park in that space as there was no signage preventing parking in the area.

This refusal to remove the vehicles prevented the safe pickup and drop off of school children on this day.

An investigation revealed that there were no signs installed to regulate the parking of vehicles in either of the bus parking bays situated on either side of Kyeamba avenue.

The installation of Bus Zone signs as per the recommendation will discourage the parking of vehicles in the bus bays at the relevant times. This will improve the overall safety of the area for school children, bus operators and other road users in and around these facilities.

Risk Management Issues for Council

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

 

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

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with the customer in this matter and internal WWCC stakeholders.

 

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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RP-6               LAKE ALBERT ROAD BUS PICKUP AND DROP OFF

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends that a detailed design for indented bus bays on both sides of Lake Albert Road, south of the intersection with Railway Street, be prepared and introduced to the first available meeting of Traffic Committee for consideration and recommendation.

 

 

Report

Recent improvements to the public bus service in Wagga Wagga necessitates an opportunity for passengers to interchange between buses on the Hammond Avenue / Edward Street route and buses on the Lake Albert Road route.  Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW), being the road authority for the Sturt Highway, is responsible for traffic control arrangements on Hammond Avenue and Edward Street. 

 

Lake Albert Road is categorised as a ‘local road’ and therefore the responsibility for management lays with Council.

 

Lake Albert Road has two marked lanes in each direction with additional channelised right turn lanes available for north bound traffic approaching Hammond Avenue and south bound traffic approaching Railway Street.  There are narrow breakdown lanes on both sides south of Railway Street that are about 1.4 metres wide.  The speed limit is 60 km/h.  Lake Albert Road near Hammond Avenue carries about 14,820 vehicles per day (7,673 north bound and 7,147 south bound). 

 

The length of Lake Albert Road between Railway Street and Copland Street has a median turn lane that is established in the centre of the sealed carriageway.  This facility allows drivers that are turning right into driveways along that section of road to move out of the travelling lanes and wait for oncoming traffic to clear before completing their turn.  The facility was established prior to 1995.  The aim of the facility was to accommodate anticipated increases in turning vehicles that were expected as a result of development at 17-25 Lake Albert Road and the Makehams bus depot that is located on the southern side of that development.

 

The actual number of bus passengers that are likely to use such a facility to interchange between bus services is unknown.

 

The length of Lake Albert Road between Edward Street / Hammond Avenue and Copland Street has NO STOPPING controls on both sides.

 

The current nature of Lake Albert Road on both sides, between Railway Street and Edward Street / Hammond Avenue is not conducive to accommodating buses stopping to pick-up and drop off passengers. 

 

Options to accommodate stopping buses on Lake Albert Road are limited to the length that is south of Railway Street. 

 

The first option is the use of the ‘B’ pole system.  A ‘B’ pole is not a BUS ZONE or BUS STOP.  The pole simply indicates to prospective passengers that the location is on a regular bus route.  A timetable is normally attached to the pole, indicating when a service might be expected.  Passengers are expected to signal to the bus driver when a service is approaching. Since this length of street is controlled by NO STOPPING signs, a ‘B’ pole alone will not allow a bus to stop at kerb to pickup or drop off passengers.  A length of kerb, typically 18 metres but could be reduced to 15 metres, would need to have the NO STOPPING control eliminated.  The simple removal of the NO STOPPING signs over a length on both sides of the road will not meet the aims for creating bus pickup and drop off locations.  The driver of any vehicle could lawfully stop at kerb on that length.  The presence of a ‘B’ pole does not preclude the driver of another type of vehicle from stopping adjacent to the pole.  The designated lengths of kerb would also need to be controlled by BUS ZONE signs to eliminate the risk of the driver of another type of vehicle from stopping at that location.

 

The narrow width of the breakdown lane on both sides of Lake Albert Road means that a bus, which is normally 2.5 metres wide, would overhang about half way across the kerb side travelling lane, preventing any vehicle from passing a stopped bus unless the vehicle could move to its right into the lane nearest the centre of the road.

 

The second option that is available to accommodate stopping buses between Railway Street and Copland Street is to cut purpose built stopping bays into the kerb and gutter on both sides of Lake Albert Road.  This option would allow for a bus to move out of the travelling lane when stopping at kerb to pickup and drop off passengers, thereby reducing interference with through traffic.  It is expected that this option would be far less likely to contribute to vehicle crashes that would be likely to occur if buses were to stop in the travelling lane in either direction.  Bus bays that might be constructed in this way could be controlled by BUS ZONE signs, eliminating the risk of the drivers of other types of vehicles from stopping in the zone.

 

Other options have been explored, including the elimination of the northern end of the median turn lane, with the aim of creating lateral shifts of the marked travelling lanes which might create enough room to install a dedicated bus bay without cutting into the kerb.  It was found that there is insufficient length to accommodate this option  without impacting on existing property driveways and while maintaining the standard that is required for the radius of any curve that is associated with a change of the direction of a traffic lane.

 

A combination of the second option together with the elimination of part of the median turn lane has also been explored.  The location that is most likely to be used and that would involve the lateral shift of north bound traffic is directly opposite the driveway to 17-25 Lake Albert Road and the driveway that accesses  Makehams Coach Service depot.   The introduction of a lateral shift at that point would not be conducive to allowing north-bound right turn movements into either driveway.  Such an implication would be dire for business operators that rely on either driveway.

 

A concept sketch that demonstrates these options, is attached.

 

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 / very likely, which places it in the Medium category.

 

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with TfNSW and Busabout.

 

Attachments

 

1.

Lake Albert Road concept sketch

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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RP-7               PINE GULLY ROAD AND OLD NARRANDERA ROAD - CHANGE TO GIVE WAY CONTROL

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

Traffic Committee recommends that the STOP sign control in Pine Gully Road at the intersection with Old Narrandera Road be changed to a GIVE WAY control by removing the existing R1-1 STOP signs and replacing the plates with duplicated ‘B’ size R1-2 GIVE WAY signs.

 

 

Report

A request has been received by Council from a member of the public for a review of the necessity for a STOP sign control at the intersection of Pine Gully Road and Old Narrandera Road.

 

Historically, a STOP sign was installed on Pine Gully Road at the intersection with Old Narrandera Road pre-1995.  At the time that the control was installed very different rules applied to required sight distance at intersections and the embankments that restricted vision from Pine Gully Road along Old Narrandera Road, particularly towards the west, were different.

 

In 2018 the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management was adopted as the standard for issues such as this.  Part 6 of that guide contains the sight distance warrant that should be applied.  The speed limit on Old Narrandera Road is 70 km/h.  The required sight distance within a 70 km/h zone for a STOP sign is 55 metres.  The actual available sight distance in both directions exceeds 200 metres.

 

Based on this information, it is recommended that it is appropriate to change the STOP sign control to a GIVE WAY sign.

 

View towards the west along Old Narrandera Rd

View towards the east on Old Narrandera Rd

 

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Risk Management Issues for Council

There are no risks that are associated with this matter.  The aim of this report and recommendation is to bring a specific location into line with current traffic management standards that are applied across NSW.

Internal / External Consultation

Consultation was undertaken with a resident of the Estella area, the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management - Part 6 and AS1742.

 

 

  


Report submitted to the Traffic Committee on Thursday 9 July 2020

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RP-8               SYDNEY STREET TARCUTTA - NO STOPPING ZONES

Author:                        Bill Harvey         

 

 

Recommendation

That the Traffic Committee endorse the installation of R5-40 series NO
STOPPING signs with the extra words 10PM-6AM on the eastern kerb of Sydney street, between Bent street and Centenary avenue, Tarcutta and on the western kerb of Sydney street between the angled parking bays and the northern kerb of the rest area.

 

 

Report

Police officer Senior Constable Lloyd Williamson is requesting restricted parking for heavy vehicles in Sydney street Tarcutta. Heavy vehicle drivers parking in Sydney street at night between Bent street and Centenary avenue are causing noise pollution by leaving their refrigeration units running whilst parked for extended periods. The officer states he has consulted with local residents who informed him this has been an issue for many years and they were supportive of his efforts to improve the situation.

 

He further advises that the heavy vehicles parking on the western kerb of Sydney street completely block the northbound lane and that this occurs every night. He has attempted to work with the drivers and requested they switch off their refrigeration units when parked but his requests are mostly ignored.

 

The installation of No Stopping signs with time restrictions will encourage drivers to park in the purpose built truck changeover facility located nearby on the northern side of the Old Hume Highway.

 

          Proposed NO STOPPING zones Sydney street Tarcutta

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 the applicant in this matter.

 

 

 


Reports submitted to the Traffic Committee to be held on Thursday 9 July 2020.


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