Get rid of ‘rat run­ners’ Cairns St res­i­dents ask­ing for traf­fic re­lief

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - HAY­DEN SMITH hay­den.smith@news.com.au

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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