Consultation was open from 21 January to 24 February 2020 with packages sent directly to 137 residents and ratepayers in the project area inviting completion of a survey to determine level of support to retain, relocate or remove the existing slow point within Wright Street, as well as their level of support for additional traffic control devices to be installed in Wright Street. This survey was available to be completed both hard copy or online.
During the consultation period we received 17 responses to the project proposal.
Given the support to construct additional traffic control devices within Wright Street was limited, particularly from those who would be immediately impacted by the devices, we will not be implementing the 2009 LATM recommendation to install additional slow points or other traffic control devices within Wright street at this time.
As a result of the support from the majority of respondents to relocate this device further into Wright Street, we will be reconstructing the device as shown in the enclosed concept plan.The reconstructed device will be shortened to approximately 7m long, which will provide 19m for vehicles entering Wright Street from Hawker Street to store behind the device, should they encounter a vehicle travelling south. This proposal ensures there are no changes to current parking restrictions within Wright Street, so as to limit the impact on residents immediately adjacent the device.
For the full summary of results, please view the Engagement Summary in the document library.
In 1998, Council endorsed a Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) for Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton and Ovingham. This plan recommended a number of options to improve traffic conditions and the amenity of the area, including the introduction of a 40km/h Area speed limit within the precinct (which was implemented) and installing entry threshold treatments at both ends of Wright Street and Blight Street, between Torrens Road and Hawker Street.
Following the endorsement of this LATM, one single lane slow point was constructed as an entry threshold treatment in Wright Street, approximately 8m from the intersection of Hawker Street. This treatment reduces the road width to 1 vehicle width, similarly to the way two cars parked opposite each other may. No treatment was installed at the Torrens Road end of Wright Street.
In 2009, a revised Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) was developed for Bowden, Brompton, Ridleyton and Ovingham. This LATM identified that although one entry threshold treatment had been installed in Wright Street, there were still concerns about cut through (rat running) traffic in Wright Street and recommended the installation of additional single lane slow points the length of Wright Street.
Since this LATM was endorsed, several changes have occurred in the surrounding road network, most notably, the Torrens to Torrens (T2T) project which saw the construction of a 4km non-stop motorway between Torrens Road and the Torrens River. Service roads provide access to local streets, and crossing points have been provided at Torrens Road, Hawker Street, Port Road and Grange Road.
Recently, there have been concerns raised by local residents that the slow point in Wright Street is located too close to the intersection of Hawker Street and doesn’t allow sufficient room for vehicles to store behind the treatment, should they encounter a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction through the slow point to exit the street, which has triggered a review of the necessity of this device, as well as its location
Wright Street is a “local access street” within the City of Charles Sturt Road Hierachy. Local access streets typically service the immediate and adjacent residents and can carry up to 1,500 vehicles a day. This is comparative to Hawker Street, a “distributor” road which can carry up to 9,000 vehicles per day as it provides a connection between main arterial roads.
Let us know what you think!
We are now seeking your views on whether you feel the current slow point is effective in deterring cut-through traffic, and whether it should be relocated.
We are also wanting to know about whether you feel the current traffic conditions in Wright Street warrant implementing the recommendation made in 2009 to construct additional slow points or other traffic control devices within Wright Street.
Consultation closes 9am Monday 24 February 2020.