13 December 2016
Report no: TRS2017/1/3
Mulberry Street, Maungaraki - Proposed No Stopping At All Times Restrictions
Purpose of Report
1. The purpose of this report is to seek Council’s approval for the installation of No Stopping At All Times Restrictions in Mulberry Street, Maungaraki attached as Appendix 1 to the report.
That the Subcommittee recommends that Council approves the installation of No Stopping At All Times Restrictions in Mulberry Street, Maungaraki attached as Appendix 1 to the report.
2. On 20 September 2016, Council approved the installation of No Stopping At All Times Restrictions on the south side of Mulberry Street to address a safety hazard caused by vehicles parked along the bend, narrowing the roadway and forcing traffic to cross the centerline, as shown in Appendix 2 attached.
3. Since the installation of the new restrictions, vehicles now park on both sides of the road east of the intersection of Mulberry Street with Chestnut Grove narrowing the roadway to one lane only at times and continuing to cause a safety hazard.
4. Council has now received several further requests from residents and commuters to further improve traffic safety on this stretch of road east of the intersection of Mulberry Street with Chestnut Grove.
5. The installation of No Stopping At All Times Restrictions as proposed will ensure a safer roadway width for traffic to travel in both directions and allow cars to park at suitable locations on the south side of the street.
6. The options are:
i. To leave the area as it is without any restrictions and accept that the safety hazard will remain or,
ii. To install the proposed improvements and reduce the safety hazard.
7. Consultation documents were delivered to the seven directly affected properties from Nº 56 to 72 Mulberry Street.
· Four (57%) questionnaires were returned.
̵ Three (75%) in support the proposal.
̵ One (25%) object to the proposal.
§ The reason given by the objector were:
̵ People travel way too fast in this piece of road and if you stop people from parking on both sides, it will get worse. I suggest you just leave it as is.
§ Officers’ response:
̵ Allowing on-street parking to significantly narrow the carriageway width in a high volume traffic area is not an acceptable way to address excessive speeds.
̵ Both southbound and northbound approaches to this section of road have limited visibility therefore it is important to ensure a safe roadway width for traffic travelling in both directions.
8. As this is considered to be a safety hazard, no further consultation has been undertaken.
9. These restrictions are made pursuant to the provisions of the Hutt City Council Traffic Bylaw 2007 (Amended 20 November 2014).
10. These changes can be funded from Council’s 2016/2017 road markings budget.
11. In making this recommendation, officers have given careful consideration to the purpose of local government in section 10 of the Local Government Act 2002. Officers believe that this recommendation falls within the purpose of the local government in that it improves safety for the benefit of all road users. It does this in a way that is cost-effective because it utilises standard road markings.
Mulberry Street - Proposed No Stopping At All Times Restrictions 16/1411
Mulberry Street - Approved No Stopping At All Times Restrictions 16/786
Author: Sylvio Leal
Reviewed By: Zackary Moodie
Approved By: Lyle Earl
Traffic Assets Manager