Council was successful in gaining funding under the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Safe Speeds in High Pedestrian Activity and Local Areas program.
Council obtained this for the Kirribilli and Milsons Point 40km/h High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA) in order to create traffic calming devices and 40km/h signage.
Benefits of 40km/h speed limits
Travelling at lower speeds improves driver’s ability to stop at a safer distance to avoid crashes, otherwise reduce the severity of a crash.
Statistics show that there was a 33% reduction in crashes causing serious injuries and deaths between 2005 and 2015 where 40km/h zones have been introduced. These zones include busy shopping precincts and neighbourhoods.
Lower speed limits contribute to improved network efficiency on key travel routes by reducing the number of crashes and associated delays.
Due to the outcomes of consultation, the construction project was split into two stages:
- Stage 1 (complete 2020): construction of 11 speed calming devices: four flush and two raised road threshold treatments, four continuous footpath treatments, and one raised pedestrian crossing.
- Stage 2 (complete October 2021): works for two raised pedestrian crossings, Site 1 at Clark Rd and McDougall St, plus Site 4 at Brouhgton St and Willoughby Rd.
This will make the area safer and more attractive for residents and visitors.
Kirribilli and Milsons Point 40km/h HPAA
The map below shows the two construction stages of the new speed calming devices: Stage1 PINK / Stage2 BLUE
Sites 18 and 20 were additional LATM projects proposed and the constructed in response to the Community Consultation outcomes.
Initial consultation with TfNSW was undertaken for Stage 2. Some of the sites did not meet the TfNSW pedestrian crossing requirements due to low pedestrian numbers. However special consideration has been given to the proposed devices and consequently, TfNSW is willing to provide exemptions for the proposed raised pedestrian crossings at the following sites;
- Site 1 - Northern approach of the roundabout at Clark Rd and McDougall St
- Site 4 - Broughton St south of Willoughby St
- Site 20 - Broughton St north of Kirribilli Ave
- Site 18c - Eastern approach of Alfred St South and Fitzroy St roundabout
Note: the raised pedestrian crossing at site 18b (southern approach of the Alfred St South/ Fitzroy St) did not receive an exemption and therefore is not supported. Site 18a was part of Stage 1 consultation.
Enquiries regarding this should be directed to the Engineering Project Manager, on 9936 8100.
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Posted on 15 October 2021