Consultation status: closed 8 December 2017
Proposal reference: RTV-119
We are proposing to install a No U-Turn sign next to the SH1 Market Road motorway off ramp (travelling southbound), which leads to the intersection of Mount Hobson Road and Market Road.
The sign will allow for more effective enforcement of illegal U-turn movements from the off ramp onto Mount Hobson Road.
Thank you everyone for your feedback.
The proposal received positive feedback with some concerns raised by respondents. After reviewing this feedback and all other supporting evidence, the proposal will proceed with minor changes to the next stage of detailed planning.
- Respondents questioned whether the proposed No U-Turn Sign would address dangerous driving problems. Many reported that cars were exiting the off-ramp, reversing into Mount Hobson Lane and continuing along Mount Hobson Road towards Dilworth Road. The section of Mount Hobson Road between Mount Hobson Lane and Market Road is a one-way street. Travelling northwards on this one-way section from the state highway off-ramp is an illegal traffic movement. The proposed No U-Turn Sign is intended to support the restriction of this movement. If drivers continue to perform this illegal manoeuvre, we will consider installing physical obstructions to further prevent these movements.
- A suggestion that drivers are not regularly performing U-Turns and that the proposed sign is unnecessary. The proposed No U-Turn restriction is an additional measure that is intended to reinforce the existing transport controls.
- A request to install two-way arrow markings on Mount Hobson Road to better indicate that cars will be travelling in both directions along this street. Respondents report visibility and driver safety problems where cars are parked on both sides of Mount Hobson Road. We have expanded our plans to include the installation of two-way arrow road markings on Mount Hobson Road where permitted, to support the two-way traffic flow. In regards to visibility, Mount Hobson Road is a relatively straight road with little curvature. Although parking volumes can be high, the number of driveways on the street currently allows drivers to pull over to let oncoming traffic pass through safely. These parked vehicles also act as a traffic calming measure by narrowing road widths and reducing speeds.
- A request for parking restrictions along Mount Hobson Road to address visibility and access issues from cars parked on both sides of the street. We have investigated parking restrictions in this area and concluded that any further removal of on-street parking would be excessive. Parking removal on residential streets can encourage higher traffic speeds and there is enough road width for one-way traffic flow. There will be no changes to the existing extent of the broken yellow lines parking restrictions.
- A request to make the Give Way road markings on Mount Hobson Road more visible so that cars travelling along this road give way to other traffic. Our site visit survey suggests that the existing Give Way road marking (white triangle) and signage is sufficient and complies with the current standards. No further changes will be made.
We expect to introduce this work in the 2017/2018 financial year, subject to any further changes in design or funding issues. Contractors will notify all residents in the area prior to starting construction work.