Consultation status: closed 10 May 2018
Proposal reference: BYL-245
We are proposing the extension of existing broken yellow lines (no stopping at all times parking restrictions) on the eastern side of Commodore Drive near the intersection with Hillsborough Road.
Why the changes are needed
We are proposing these changes as vehicles parked at this location are causing traffic turning on to Commodore Drive from Hillsborough Road to track too close to, or in some cases, even hitting a recently constructed pedestrian refuge island. This proposal includes the removal of approximately three parking spaces.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. A summary of the community feedback we received and answers to questions and concerns is below.
- Suggestion that the problem at this location is the poorly sited traffic island, not the parking - the island blocks the exit from the Z Petrol Station so that drivers have to cross Commodore Drive diagonally, which is unsafe. We plan to reduce the island to aid fuel tanker manoeuvrability into the petrol station. By reducing the island, drivers should be able to exit here. The petrol station has alternative entry/exit points for motorists to use if the Commodore Drive exit is causing safety issues. It is ideal to exit onto Hillsborough Road from the petrol station.
- Requests for a way of stopping traffic from Commodore turning right onto Hillsborough Rd and also going straight over to Griffen Park Ave. Traffic lights may help with this issue. We are reviewing the Hillsborough Road/Griffen Park Road/Commodore Drive intersection for potential layout changes.
- Requests that the broken yellow lines be extended around the corner and up Hillsborough Road, well past the pedestrian refuge, and on both sides of the road as parking narrows the lane and the traffic flow is hampered. The broken yellow lines extend approximately 5 metres past the pedestrian refuge island on the northern side of Hillsborough Road. The road width is approximately 3.8 metres, and therefore wide enough for heavy vehicles and emergency vehicles. Removing parking on Hillsborough Road is not recommended.
- The broken yellow lines should extend all the way down to the beginning of Orcades Place. Parking on Commodore Drive, near the intersection, is in high demand. Kerbside parking visually narrows the road, hence assisting with speed calming.
- Request for traffic to be slowed to 40km/hr using traffic calming or speed bumps. Hillsborough Road is classified as an Arterial Road, which is primarily designed to accommodate high traffic volumes of all forms and to facilitate movement between key destinations. Physical speed calming measures would affect the capacity and level of service on this route and result in on-going maintenance costs due to the high stress the speed bumps would endure. For these reasons, we avoid installing speed bumps or other similar speed calming treatments on arterial roads.
- Suggestion that the traffic island remain in place for children crossing, and pedestrians crossing from the Z service station, and that broken yellow lines be implemented on the proposed stretch. The traffic island and pedestrian refuge island are both existing and will not be removed as part of this proposal. We are proposing 11 metres of broken yellow lines restrictions to allow vehicles to manoeuvre past the existing refuge island. Currently, vehicles parked along the eastern kerb, parallel to the islands are blocking access into Commodore Drive. Proposing these broken yellow lines restrictions will also increase safety for pedestrians crossing the road.
- The island at Griffen Park Avenue should be raised, and extended, in such a way that no vehicles can cross over into Commodore Drive. We are reviewing this intersection for potential layout changes.
This work will happen between July 2018 and June 2019, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays. Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.