Mills Street Speed Plateau needs revision

In my day time capacity as an independent building inspector I had cause to check the installation of the plateau which replaces the chicane outside 22 Mills Street.

In driving over it I was conscious, as I am sure are many who use that street, that the approach from the east is too steep. I felt too that there was dip in the plateau immediately after the approach.

I therefore put my building inspector hat and and found my suspicions to be true as the picture shows. I noticed also that there were indentations form vehicles bottoming out at this location.

The good news is I have talked to our depot management and they have checked and support my observations. Our Manager of Assets has checked work and found that there are also a few other minor issues that also need rework.

So rework will happen. Just not sure how quickly. Hopefully before the end of the financial year.

And while on Mills Street I have asked our depot to please patch the bitumen divets that exist in this street. That has been logged too.

U Turns at crnr Mills Street and Goodwood Road

As we grapple with the U Turn issues at this intersection and have been advised we can do no more from an engineering point of view, which means we must rely on SAPOL to monitor U Turns at this intersection, we find this suggestion being mooted at North Terrace.

Interesting reading.

U Turns on Mills Street

Looks like my efforts to improve the geometry of the intersection of Mills Street to Goodwood Road has fallen over.

We recently changed the configuration of traffic islands to address a dangerous situation with drivers doing U Turns but entering Mills Street to do it. There had been many near misses as reported by residents in the area and i had witnessed a number myself.

The changes made are in accordance with DPTI regulations and we cannot extend the island any further into Goodwood Road.

This means that U Turns are still possible and in fact easier to manoeuvre, all on Goodwood Road. In my opinion there is still a safety issue but we are informed by our road traffic staff that the only solution is for SAPOL to police it.

This they will be asked to do.

U Turns on Mills Street

In spite of efforts by your two local ward councillors it appears we cannot improve any further our efforts to prevent u turns at the junction of Goodwood Road and Mills Street.

Apparently we cannot extend the island we recently erected at this location any further into Goodwood Road because we could be held liable if someone doing a U Turn were to hit it, and a collision with other cars resulted from what would be a retarding of their progress.

As constructed it allows left turns from south travelling cars on Goodwood Road and extending the island will also tighten access for these cars.

We will be alerting SAPOL to the frequency of offending and trust they will police it in the near future.

U-Turn on Mills Street

The much heralded (by me) removal of the ability of drivers to complete a U-Turn at the junction of Goodwood Road and Mills Street appears to have been completed.

Not so. It appears to me that the project is not yet complete even though it looks like it is.

By my inspection I believe the U-Turn is still possible, indeed maybe even easier than it once was.

I have passed on my observation to our administration.

If anyone witnesses U-Turns in the next period of time please let me know.

Mills Street Traffic Controls

The consultation to change the angled slow point to a plateau has closed and is currently being assessed.
I sense that there is majority support to proceed.

If this is the case construction would likely commence in April, along with preventing motorists making that dangerous U-Turn at the junction of Mills and Goodwood Road.

Looking forward to that as I know residents close to that intersection will also.

Additional line marking in Mills Street scheduled for installation, together with an additional no left turn sign into Millswood Crescent for December
Our team is meeting with line marking contractor today to discuss on site prior to installation of line marking in Mills Street and Millswood Crescent.

AND….. the line marking contractor has confirmed that the yellow box markings over rail crossing will be installed in mid – February subject to availability of TransAdelaide rail controllers.

These initiatives came from the public consultation process on the Kelvin Avenue project and to which I referred in my last Kelvin Avenue Blog.

Yes! Public Consultation does work. Initiatives prompted by residents are taken on board and this little ducky feels good about the process we underwent, even though I was frustrated by the time it took. But I guess that is local government.

A Victory for the People once again. And thanks to the resident in Frederick Street that prompted me to look at the East Avenue, Mills Street, Millswood Crescent network. And thanks to the East Avenue observer of the problems with cars stopping on the rail line in peak hour traffic.

Mills Street Traffic Controls

I can now report that a raft of measures is about to become realities in little ol’ Goodwood South Ward.

1    Work is scheduled for November in Mills Street as follows:
       a)    Aditional line marking to address concerns raised in teh Kelvin Avenue consultation.
       b)    An additional no left turn sign will be installed likewise.
       c)    Changing the angled slow point adjacent no 21 with a plateau (this should be out for consultation now).
       d)    The problems with the median strip at the junction with Goodwood Road in that cars are doing unsafe manouvers including U Turns will be addressed also.

2    Yellow Box markings are scheduled, subject to the loose rail lines being resecured, over the rail crossing on East Avenue.

3   A “KEEP CLEAR” message will be installed on East Avenue at the junction with George Street to allow vehicles to turn into George Street. DTEI will not permit a similar initiative at the East Avenue, Mills Street jnction.