Managing traffic at GSSC site
A series of left and right turn bans at adjoining streets and a second pedestrian crossing on Hawdon St, Shepparton, have been proposed as solutions to manage pick-up and drop-off at the new Greater Shepparton Secondary College.
The report, prepared by One Mile Grid Traffic Engineering for Greater Shepparton City Council, details the need to manage 1437 students expected to cross Hawdon St each morning and afternoon.
Traffic data showed Hawdon St currently carries up to 11,000 vehicles a day, with about 10 per cent of daily flows occurring during the commuter peak periods.
A review of parking around the college found about 186 parking spaces (including 60 within Ford Reserve opposite the college) on the western side of Hawdon St that will cater primarily for pick-up/drop-off from the south and about 66 spaces to the east of Hawdon St that will cater for pick-up/dropoff from the north.
The report stated this would be sufficient to cater for the anticipated peak demand, although effectively all parking would be occupied.
If Ford Reserve is not developed for use there would be a shortfall of parking.
Another solution to extend slightly the areas of parking to include Annerley Ave and Chertsey Rd would supply 178 spaces west of Hawdon St and a further 77 spaces to the east, achieving 255 spaces.
The study estimated 910 students (35 per cent) would use public transport, 650 would walk or cycle (25 per cent) but 1040 (40 per cent) would arrive by car.
The report said a large portion of drop-off/pick-up parking would occur in local streets west of Hawdon St as well as (potentially) in a newly formalised car park at Ford Reserve, all of which will require students to cross Hawdon St to access the college.
A second pedestrian crossing is proposed to handle the volume of students needing to cross the road.
About 742 vehicles will visit GSSC morning and afternoon and, while the report notes ‘‘traffic will considerably increase’’, turn bans to and from Hawdon St will avoid ‘‘untenable congestion and delays at intersections’’.
The bans would only operate during peak times.
The exceptions are Feshti St and Rea St where a signalised crossing will create time gaps for turning traffic.
Rea St is expected to accommodate about 25 per cent of pick-up/drop-off parking needs equating to 740 additional traffic movements a day, and Feshti St and Glenn St around 20 per cent or 600 movements each day.
Traffic volume data from when Shepparton High School was operating suggests there is ample capacity to accommodate the increase.