Bayside Council will implement traffic calming measures in Bexley North, Kingsgrove and Bardwell Valley in a bid to manage increased traffic in the area following the introduction of a toll on the M5 East motorway.
The Bayside Traffic Committee recommended the traffic calming measures at its March 17 meeting, and Bayside Council resolved to implement the measures at its April 14 meeting.
Peter Barber, Director City Futures, wrote in his report to the council regarding the Bexley North and Kingsgrove precinct: "There is an opportunity to change traffic conditions in adjoining suburbs as motorists avoid tolls and look for alternate routes via surface road networks, including residential streets.
"Significant increases in traffic volumes on Stoney Creek Road have been observed and reported."
Significant increases in traffic on Stoney Creek Road have been reported.- Peter Barber
Traffic calming measures in that area will occur within the precinct bounded by Shaw Street, Kingsgrove Road, Stoney Creek Road and Preddys Road/New Illawarra Road. Council has approved redesigned roundabouts, raised intersection treatments, standard and/or single lane thresholds and pedestrian crossing upgrades - subject to detailed design drawings being endorsed by the Bayside Traffic Committee.
Council is currently waiting on the results of a community engagement survey for proposed additional traffic calming treatments in Shaw Street, Laycock Street and Coveney Street.
In Barwell Valley, traffic calming measures including roundabout redesign and single lane threshold treatments will be implemented in the Lorraine Avenue precinct.
All works will be funded using a Federal grant administered by Transport for NSW that has been pre-approved for this project, and it must be completed by June 30.
Council has appointed an M5 East Traffic Management Working Party, and called on the NSW Government to overturn the toll.
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