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.

 http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/major-u-turn-on-road-rules-will-reduce-toll/story-e6frea83-1226509472743

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.

Mills Street Traffic Controls

East Avenue Intersection
We have been informed by DTEI that a “KEEP CLEAR” line marking message on East Avenue cannot be installed. They have indicated that they can and will be providing yellow box markings at the rail crossing when they repair the loose rail. This will assist in preventing cars stopping on the rails lines in peak hour traffic.
I can report that Council will be providing the additional yellow lines, along with an additional no left turn sign, is to be scheduled soon on Mills Street.
Angled Slow Point adjacent no 21

DTEI supports the proposal to replace the angled slow point in front of no 21 with a plateau. Community notification should have commenced with construction to occur shortly.

Kelvin Avenue agenda for Monday night meeting

We have received our agenda for Monday night’s City Strategy & Policy committee meeting and Kelvin Avenue comes back to us for further consideration.
We have three options being put to us by our administration for consideration including the original option, which remains administrations recommended option. The second option is to not proceed and the third option is one that administration has worked on to address the issues raised during the consultation process and to address issues with ETSA’s transformer.
This option is for a single lane road opening up each end to allow two way traffic. This concept apparently provides ETSA with enough room to access their transformer as and when they may need to and does leave enough room for greenscaping (for want of a better word).
If the original option is Council’s preferred option then it will go back out in time to consultation from DTEI, as I understand it.
If the revised concept gets up then WE will go back out to consultation with the outcome being reported to Council at its meeting on 12 December 2011.  Jennie and I are keen that all people with an interest in the outcome contribute and we will be looking to catch up with each of you in the time available to us.
Watch this space for the result of Monday night’s meeting.

Kelvin Avenue Update

As promised I can now give you all an update on the progress of Kelvin Avenue.
A new draft (compromise) scheme has been designed by our Administration. I have a copy of this. All elected members have checked out the site, all but one did so on one of two conducted tours. The second group (including myself) toured the site yesterday. This group were the first to see the draft scheme.
The design incorporates a driveway path that will allow two way traffic via passing bays at either end. It is therefore no longer a pocket park warranting a road closure. It does green the area up and ETSA will have the access they need to their transformer.
You would all be aware that, until now, I have refrained from offering a personal opinion on the design. I must say however that I am encouraged by this design though. It has potential and may well be something that might have eventuated had we consulted correctly back this time last year.
There is still some work to be done on it before it can be put before Council so I suspect we (Council) will not see it until the October City Strategy & Policy Committee meeting, which will be the 17th. Until it is seen by council in its final draft form it is not due for public consultation and because it may change due to addressing engineering issues and the like it may well be inappropriate to give anyone an advanced view.

Kelvin Avenue Update

I can confirm that a meeting was held today with Jennie Boisvert and our traffic manager Charles Mountain to explore some of the solutions I previously explored with Charles. I was meant to be involved but had a prior engagement. Whether it was meant to be a public meeting or not a number of residents did attend.

Even though I arrived (after my surgery follow-up consultation at the QEH) just as it was disbanding I believe I have a good understanding of the options discussed, having talked to not only Jennie & Charles but with two others present, and the mood of acceptance for these options.
It appears from this meeting that a compromise (if I can use that word) solution may be possible (not necessarily preferred by individuals in the meeting but willing to be considered). This would be in the form of designing a shared or one-way road, allowing exit from Kelvin onto East but not the reverse. I have my own perception of how this would need to be designed to work and I have discussed this with a few who attended the meeting. Having said that we need to allow Charles to work on a concept that we can all then input into.
As I understand it procedurally the concept would need to be put to the City Strategy Meeting for approval to consult and this would need to be endorsed by council at the council meeting the following week. If I am correct consultation as such would not be possible until this is complete and this would mean about 4 or so weeks from now; basically starting from scratch allowing all (and I mean all) to provide input.

Council Meeting 22nd August 2011
Following on yesterday’s blog re last night’s full council meeting I report as follows:
Kelvin Avenue.
Kelvin Avenue will now be reconsidered by the City Strategy & Policy Committee Meeting on the 19th of next month. This will give us (council) time to review the latest submissions. It will also provide the breathing space for those with an interest (whether in support or not) to lobby their point of view without the rush and panic of last week.
Not only will Jennie and I be seeking to ascertain what can and can’t be done for traffic management we will intensify our efforts to seek a solution that works for all those with vested interests.
Deputy Mayor
The motion for deputy mayor was put to council tonight and was voted down 9 to 3. Clearly we are not ready to have a deputy mayor. I went to the meeting ready to support the motion believing we were ready. It was soon clear to me that this is not the case so I voted against it.
Assuming it will be reintroduced later in the year, by the mayor himself, I expect we might find a different result.
Eastern Region Alliance
Recovering from last week’s surgery I did not stay long enough to know how we voted on this issue
No Smoking Initiatives
I did not stay long enough to know how we voted on this issue
Inner Metro Rim
I did not stay long enough to know how we voted on this issue
Culvert Street
There were too many issues, too many questions, that required addressing for this to be resolved tonight so it too was deferred.
Finally
With kelvin Avenue firmly in our minds there was a clear mood within the chamber last night that there should be more than one week between the two meetings, City Strategy & Policy Committee meeting and the full Council meeting.
It does not provide sufficient time for either our ratepayers or for elected members to review decisions from the City Strategy meeting before sanctioning them at the full Council meeting.
A motion has been foreshadowed, I think from Cr Denise Tipper to open this up to two weeks by swapping the City Strategy meeting with the Development Assessment Panel meeting.
This has to be one good thing to come out of last night.

Council Meeting – tonight – 22nd August 2011

There is much on the agenda tonight as we consider the following:
Kelvin Avenue.
Beginning obviously with Kelvin Avenue I am expecting, in fairness to all who are interested in this project (whether for or against), that this will be deferred for further consideration at the next City Strategy Meeting, due for 19th September. I am still keen to find a solution that provides a win for all. To that end our Traffic Officer will be meeting shortly with Jennie & I to review the thoughts of how the egress from Mills Street in particular can be improved.
This time I hope we can have canvassed all the issues and have a more detailed report on which to make our decision. This should include an assessment of how proposed traffic control measures on Leah Street might impact on the volume of traffic using East Avenue.
Deputy Mayor
Jennie has foreshadowed moving that we now appoint a deputy mayor. As I blogged recently I am happy to vote in favour of this as long as we are doing it for the right reasons. Refer my blog of 19th August.
Eastern Region Alliance
We have a request to contribute to funding to support the development of the Federal Initiatives Group. With the federal government paying more attention to regional rather than local approaches to access federal programs this seems like a necessary initiative.
No Smoking Initiatives
As a non-smoker and someone with respiratory challenges I am very receptive to offering significant discounts on permit fees for outdoor dining to encourage non-smoking in outdoor dining areas. I would expect this one to be approved.
Inner Metro Rim
As I reported on the 8th August the Government backed down on imposing inner rim strategies that were in direct conflict with our understanding of what they were prepared to accept. With some further minor amendments on our part I expect we will endorse the inner rim plan.
Culvert Street
And then there is Culvert Street. Culvert Street has for reasons that go beyond council and local government experienced a similar history as Kelvin Avenue. Rate payers in this area are also making claims of a lack of consultation.
With works to undertaken by DTEI unlikely to proceed for some time the turning of this street into a one way street has proved premature.
Per a motion from Cr Rufus Salaman we will be considering temporarily reverting it back to 2 way, not without cost. Subject to further information indicating DTEI will be bringing forward their work and/or the cost implications this seems like something we need to do.

Will Kelvin Avenue get reserved out for further discussion

There appears to have been much discussion around the Kelvin Avenue project whilst I have been allowing the doctors at TQEH to beat me up.

I arrived home on Friday to find the resolution to the City Strategy Meeting had not been reserved out in the time required and I left well enough alone. If an item is not reserved out it cannot be, as I understand it be re-debated. In other words the only way that a resolution of a committee of council be not endorsed is for it to be reserved out.

Whilst I felt I had solutions for the issues that closing Kelvin Avenue would create, addressing those solutions would now be an after thought that still must get through the system.

This does not address the concerns about our procedures for consultation however. It has been an ongoing concern of mine since joining council, whether this project, the Culvert Street project currently being challenged or the recent McLeay Park project (Parkside ward) I got involved with.

My concerns about the evidence presented regarding our consultation process are such that, even though I moved the motion last week, I have sought advice as to whether or not it is still too late to reserve out the matter for further deliberation. I may have left this too late as a result of being in hospital. Hopefully not. We will find out tomorrow if this is the case.

If it is not too late I will reserve it out in the interests of transparency and will be encouraging a re-think by elected members on Kelvin Avenue. If it is too late I will (as I have previously intimated) seek to change our consultation processes.

We need to do this to avoid coming into conflict with the people we are representing.

Improving Mills Street

As a result of my engagement with residents around Frederick Street re the Kelvin Avenue Pocket Park issues with the intersection with Mills Street and East Avenue have been identified.

The access/egress at this intersection is testing according to some of you were raised by some residents and I can say I have experienced this as well. Inevitably there is only one line of cars expecting to turn into East Avenue, particularly if there is a car parked adjacent the crossover into the mechanics yard.
Also raised was the fact that the no left turn sign for Millswood Crescent is hidden by a tree.
I am happy to report that additional line marking in Mills Street has been scheduled for installation; together with an extra no left turn sign into Millswood Crescent.
This should improve dramatically access/egress from/into East Avenue with Mills Street.

Thank you to those residents who provide me this feedback. I am happy to be able to facilitate positive results to a situation that had until now gone unnoticed by Council.

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After much liaison with the Department of Infrastructure, Energy & Infrastructure (DTEI) by Council Staff I can also report that they (DTEI) have assessed the proposal we have been putting to them and have just advised that it supports our proposal to replace the angled slow point in front of No 21 with a plateau with no other changes to the existing traffic devices ( a usual pre-requisite to changing traffic calming devices). Construction will be able to commence following community notification.