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Deagon Traffic Interventions

Principal Petitioner Caron Reid, Deagon
Date Closed Fri, 31 Aug 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 162 signatures

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Local residents would like to draw attention to the increased traffic in the streets situated both east and west of Braun Street since the closure of the ramp to the motorway at North Boondall and the changed traffic conditions due to the upgrade of the Deagon Deviation. Streets affected include (but not limited to):

1. Smith/Bowen - used as a diversion/U-turn from Braun Street. Drivers will travel up Smith Street/down Bowen Street (or vice versa). They will often use these streets as the entry/exit point for Smith/Norman/Esther Streets.

2. Smith Street; Norman Street; Esther Street - these streets are used as part of the rat run for motorists avoiding the traffic on Braun Street. Usually travelling to/from Rainbow Street and will travel down/up Adam, Ibis or Eve Streets.

3. Adam/Barclay/Loftus Street intersection - due to the increase in traffic along the main roads parallel to this intersection (Rainbow/Braun Streets), this intersection has become extremely difficult to navigate due to it's triangulated configuration, making the approach to this intersection and driving conditions along the associated streets dangerous.

4. Braun/Loftus Street intersection - similar to 3. Drivers will not wait for the lights or do not understand basic turning requisites. With the increase in traffic along Braun Street and drivers using Loftus Street to bypass Braun/Rainbow Streets - drivers are taking increased risks to access Loftus Street from Braun Street or from Loftus Street to access the shopping centre located opposite.

5. Burralong/Biarra/Nearra Streets (and Beerwah/Utalong Streets) - similar to Smith/Bowen. These streets are being used as a rat run to avoid the traffic congestion along Braun Street. Cars will enter via either Burralong/Biarra, drive along either Beerway/Utalong Streets and exit through either Biarra/Nearra Streets. The movement of the traffic lights to the top of Biarra Street may be a slight deterrent - but will not stop streets being used to avoid congestion along Braun Street.

6. Braun/Rainbow Streets - significant traffic increase due to the closure of the Motorway on ramp at North Boondall. In addition, traffic flow has also increased as drivers who live on the other side of the Ted Smout Memorial Bridge or north of our suburb, travel through Brighton/Sandgate/Deagon to avoid the Deagon Deviation.

This is just a small sample of the streets that have been affected. Residents have reported a significant increase in traffic, speeding and dangerous driving at all hours of the day and night. Other streets within this vicinity would obviously be affected, but a survey conducted of residents indicated the streets noted in numbers 1-6 above have had the most significant impact.

The residents of Deagon are seeking a review to be undertaken of the impacts the Deagon Deviation upgrades have had to traffic conditions within the Deagon Ward. Deagon has been known to be called Deagon "Thruviation" since the upgrades have commenced. The residents are seeking traffic interventions to be implemented that will provide a safe passage and less traffic for families residing in the streets immediately affected; and for those who are being impacted either directly or indirectly by the change in traffic conditions and flow.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting Council review the Deagon Deviation upgrades and its impact on local traffic conditions.

It is acknowledged that since the Queensland Government’s Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) closed the Sandgate Road on-ramp to the Gateway Motorway northbound in June 2018, traffic that would otherwise have entered the motorway is now required to continue north on Sandgate Road/Braun Street through the Deagon area. This change was implemented by TMR as the road authority responsible for the Gateway Motorway, and is beyond the control of Brisbane City Council.

Many of the streets referred to in your petition have already been treated with traffic calming devices, most notably speed platforms and threshold treatments at intersections with major roads. Examples of this can be found on Esther, Smith, Bowen and Norman Streets. These devices serve to reduce vehicle speeds and discourage the use of these local streets by non local through traffic. Notwithstanding this, Council has been contacted by numerous residents of the area expressing similar concerns regarding increased traffic volumes on these roads as well as other local streets nearby.

However, it must be noted that these works are very recent, and that construction of all road upgrades associated with TMR’s Gateway Upgrade North project are still ongoing. As such, traffic behaviours in the area are still adapting to the changed traffic conditions resulting from the upgrades. An example of this is the changes on Braun Street, where new traffic signals have been installed at Biarra Street to replace the pedestrian signals at Burralong Street, which have been decommissioned in recent weeks.

As these changes have only recently occurred and considering the ongoing roadworks in the area, Council is reluctant to conduct detailed investigations at this point in time. Information gathered may not reflect the true operations of the road network after completion of all works in the area. Instead, it is recommended that the situation be monitored through the remaining construction period and into the new year once the project is completed, and a review conducted after this point to determine if the issues identified by the petitioners are still apparent. It may then be appropriate to conduct further investigations to determine what, if any, treatments may be appropriate to address any permanent changes to traffic movements in the area.

The concerns raised in your petition will be relayed to TMR for their consideration, so any changes that can be made as part of the construction traffic management are implemented immediately by TMR and their contractors, which may assist in addressing the concerns you have raised in the short term.

Your comments about speeding and reckless driving have been noted. Speeding is primarily a behavioural issue, which is best handled by enforcement of the Queensland road rules by the Queensland Police Service. Speeding vehicle complaints are able to be mitigated by regular enforcement by the Police and they can be contacted on 13 HOON (13 46 66).

Thank you for raising this matter.