Get rid of ‘rat runners’ Cairns St residents asking for traffic relief
A PETITION by frustrated residents of a Cairns North street looks set to be in vain.
In August, Cairns Regional Council received the petition which claimed more motorists were using the road “as a ratrun to avoid the traffic lights”.
With 35 signatures, all from Cairns St residents living south of the Thomas St intersection, the document requested changes be made to the stretch of road between Charles and James streets.
The residents asked for either the northern end of Cairns St – at the James St intersection – be “closed to outbound and inbound traffic” or for the closure of “the left exit from Cairns St onto James St”.
A report by the council found the requested changes would cost from $50,000$80,000 – subject to costs from Ergon – as “road widening would be required”.
According to the council, traffic counts undertaken for Cairns St found a “reduction in daily vehicle use” from 421 in 2010 to 383 in 2017.
But average peak-hour traffic, from 5-6pm, increased from 50 to 69 vehicles over the same period.
It has been recommended the council makes no changes to the “current configuration of Cairns St”.
“Council has an obligation to manage traffic on roads within its jurisdiction. This includes both providing access to residents and also connectivity to other streets,” council officers said in the report.
“Cairns Street has 15 houses and 40 units, as well as a rear entrance to a motel.
“The standard used for vehicle movements generated per residence is 10 per day.
“Considering there are 15 houses and 40 units, this would equate to 550 expected vehicle movements a day from residents alone.
“Therefore, the 383 vehicles per day recorded in 2017 is not considered excessive.
“Officers checked reported accident data for the street since 2010 and there have been no reported accidents in the section of Cairns St.”
The council’s infrastructure services committee is set to meet this morning.
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