Not ev­ery­one happy with speed de­vices

Albany Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Toby Hussey

Road mod­i­fi­ca­tions de­signed to slow traf­fic in Mira Mar have been com­pleted but not every­body is happy about their im­pact.

Six chi­canes were in­stalled last month on a 500m stretch of Bathurst and Nel­son streets, a $25,000 project ap­proved by the City of Al­bany coun­cil in Novem­ber be­cause of con­cerns about speed­ing in the area.

Speed cush­ions had been in­stalled in 2010 but were re­moved in 2015 be­cause of noise com­plaints, with the City iden­ti­fy­ing the per­ma­nent chi­canes as a bet­ter so­lu­tion.

How­ever, not every­body is happy with the move, and Sey­mour Street res­i­dent Stan­ley Date said the ad­di­tions had had a se­ri­ous ef­fect on traf­fic flow.

“I’ll not be able to bring my trailer up there any more,” he said.

“One of the road work­ers said I didn’t need to go that slow — but you lit­er­ally do.

“I’ve driven this road some­times eight to 10 times a day (and) I’ve never seen one in­ci­dent.” How­ever,

One of the road work­ers said I didn’t need to go that slow — but you lit­er­ally do. Stan­ley Date

ac­cord­ing to a City re­port, Mr Date is in the mi­nor­ity in op­pos­ing the up­grades, with 88 per cent of re­spon­dents from the af­fected streets claimed to sup­port the in­stal­la­tion of per­ma­nent slow­ing de­vices.

Fig­ures re­leased fol­low­ing a twoweek trial of chi­canes on the road in Fe­bru­ary, 2017 showed while their im­pact re­duced traf­fic on the streets by only about 4 per cent per day, in­stances of speed­ing dra­mat­i­cally dropped.

They showed driv­ers ex­ceed­ing 70km/h on the 50km/h road dropped from 35 a day to seven, while driv­ers trav­el­ling be­tween 60km/h and 70km/h dropped by 83 per cent and driv­ers trav­el­ling be­tween 50km/h and 60km/h dropped by about 40 per cent.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

The traf­fic-slow­ing de­vices on Bathurst and Nel­son streets in Mira Mar.

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