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Long wait to get council to calm traffic in your street

Sep 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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WELLINGTON residents petitioning for traffic calmers on their streets may have a long wait.

Wellington City Council gets “dozens and dozens” of requests, but has to waitlist them because of a low budget.

“We deal with a heck of a lot of claims each year,” says chief transport planner Steve Spence.

“We do prioritise the cases and base it on a level of public concern, the speed limit, crashes reported and traffic volumes.”

A typical case - before today’s Strategy and Policy Committee meeting - is a petition with 34 signatures asking for traffic calming on the corner of Sunshine Ave and Victory Ave in Karori.

Five traffic calming measures could be considered as methods of reducing speed, says a report from Mr Spence’s department.

The most expensive is speed cushions, which cost roughly $60,000.

These would cover the road with two lumps, which unlike speed bumps do not affect wide-track vehicles and are commonly used on bus routes.

Speed humps ($40,000), a roundabout ($30,000), driver feedback signs ($14,000) and double yellow line road markings ($1500) are the other options.

Mr Spence says a form of traffic calming would likely draw significant opposition from other residents in the area.

“There are people who criticise traffic measures and don’t like their driving to be inhibited or held up,” he says.

“There is a large number of people up there and it’s not a high crash record in that area. Other hotspot areas around the city have higher priorities.”

The report says the council’s programme for 2012/13 minor safety works is already in place with projects either under construction or ready to be constructed.

The committee accepted the report’s recommendation that the Karori request be prioritised “against the many other requests to help inform the works programme in future years”.

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