Beaconsfield/Coolaroo/Dalrymple update

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Mowbray Road West, and Beaconsfield Road and Ralston Street: Proposed new right turn from Beaconsfield Road (southbound) into Mowbray Road West (westbound)

  • A study of the intersection has been completed in late December 2017.
  • The study advises that the introduction of the right turn from Beaconsfield Road into Mowbray Road West leads to a minor worsening in the level of service for the intersection.
  • Council will be engaging with Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services with the outputs of the Council’s study at the intersection of Beaconsfield Road, Mowbray Road West and Ralston Street in April and May 2018.
  • Community engagement is targeted in late May 2018 following receipt of advice from Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services.

Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue Slow Points

  • Council has developed a plan providing slow points in Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue.  Council has agreed to implement the proposed slow points in temporary materials to allow flexibility to adjust the slow points based on their impact.
  • Council understands that the residents in Coolaroo Road between Felton Avenue and Greensland Road have agreed to the implementation of slow points. Council has deferred the implementation of slow points in Coolaroo Road between Greensland Road and Dalrymple Ave as it did not receive an acceptable level of support from the residents. Detailed design plans for the proposed slow points have been completed.
  • Following community submissions the implementation of the slow points was put on hold until resolution of the proposed right turn in Beaconsfield Road (southbound) into Mowbray Road West (westbound). Council can proceed with the implementation of the slow points in Coolaroo Road between Felton Avenue and Greensland Road prior to the resolution of the changes in Beaconsfield Road.

Re: the Beaconsfield lights:

  1. Who commissioned the study?

The study was conducted to support Council as it is the proponent of the proposed new right turn in Beaconsfield Road within the existing intersection. The study will support the technical assessment and development of the proposal and provide the necessary support as Council tries to influence the RMS and Lane Cove Council:

  • To help Council understand the existing intersection performance and the forecast performance following the introduction of proposed new right turn in Beaconsfield Road within the intersection.
  • To facilitate design of the intersection considering contemporary traffic signal phasing needs for traffic and pedestrian movement
  • One part of a suite of materials to be provided to Lane Cove Council, Roads and Maritime Services and the Willoughby Council’s Local Traffic Committee on the change in the intersection performance with the introduction of the right turn in Beaconsfield Road.
  1. What specifically will we be discussing with Lane Cove Council?

Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services will need to approve the change. Communication with both agencies is part of the process of seeking their position, input into the design and ultimately approval to the final design. Council will be responsible for the delivery of the detailed design of the new traffic control signal design and potentially the works. The communication actions to be progressed with Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services include comments would be sought on the concept design and approval to the detailed design.

  1. What additional community engagement will there be?  

Typically community consultation is undertaken with any change to the road network, unless it is of a very minor nature. The local community views will be sought prior to formally submitting the proposal to the Local Traffic Committee for consideration and subsequently Council for approval.

Council will be engaging with Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services with the outputs of the Council’s study at the intersection of Beaconsfield Road, Mowbray Road West and Ralston Street in April and May 2018.

Community engagement is targeted in late May 2018 following receipt of advice from Lane Cove Council and Roads and Maritime Services.

  1. Is the study available?

A copy of the study report is available by the link above.

 Re the traffic calming:

  1. What slow points will be implemented?

Council is proposing to implement the slow points in Coolaroo Road and Dalrymple Avenue. The temporary slow points do not have a raised middle section, that is traffic will travel through the slow points on the existing road pavement. The implementation of the proposed slow points in temporary materials will allow flexibility to adjust the slow points based on their impact.

  1. Can minor changes to slow points be made?

The location of the slow points has been identified to be consistent with technical guidelines and to optimise their impact. The opportunity to undertake minor adjustments to the location of the slow points may still be possible with advice provided to the Traffic and Transport Team.  The implementation of the proposed slow points in temporary materials will allow flexibility to adjust the slow points based on their impact.

  1. Dalrymple between Mowbray Rd and Beaconsfield was part of the original area to be calmed—is that part of this rollout, or is that on hold?

The implementation of slow points in Dalrymple Avenue was put on hold due to the low level of community support for the measures.

  1. When will the western Coolaroo calming project will proceed?   If so, what is the approximate time frame?

The implementation of the slow points in Coolaroo Road between Felton Avenue and Greenlands Road can proceed prior to the resolution of the changes at the intersection of Mowbray Road West and Beaconsfield Road. (I am seeking advice from Sunil Gamage, Works Depot on the dates for delivery. The Works Depot will lead the delivery of the works and will use the private sector to undertake the works. The timeline for delivery would be dependent on the availability of suitable contractors.

  1. There are some concerns that this traffic calming may come in conjunction with removal of parking, which creates the fear that the narrow points will make the situation worse than it currently is.  Is this correct?

The provision of slow points will result in the loss of on-street parking at the location of the slow point. It is expected that 2 car spots will be removed with each slow point.  Accordingly, there will be a loss of up to 6 car spaces in Coolaroo Road between Felton Avenue and Greenlands Road and 4 car spaces in Coolaroo Road between Greenlands Road and Dalrymple Avenue. In Dalrymple Avenue 2 slow points are proposed so should they proceed then 4 car spaces would be removed.

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