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Journeys : Dec10 Jan11
8 December 2010 / January 2011 In our community Southern Committee Faulty traffic signals remain a priority of the RACT’s Southern Advisor y Committee. Intersections with faulty signals can pose significant risks of vehicle or pedestr ian collisions, especially if drivers make judgment errors because of traffic lights that are not operating. 18% of fatalities and 40% of ser ious injuries to 30 June 2009 were in a speed zone of 60 km/h or less, zones that are often controlled by lights. The RACT urges members to repor t faulty traffic signals by phoning the traffic signals fault line on 1300 139 933 (all hours). The Southern Committee has invited a DIER representative to its next meeting to give an update on the new LED traffic signals system roll-out, and will report progress in a future edition. Northern Committee The Committee was saddened by the recent passing of its long- serving and loyal member Colin Moore. Col ’s strong commitment to local road and traffic safety was demonstrated by his decades of unbroken service to the Northern Committee. He was working hard on issues right to the end, speaking out about safety for residents of seniors’ villages on Penquite Road and ar ranging for the Committee to be briefed by the project managers of the new LGH car park construction. Vale, Colin – you will be greatly missed by your Advisory Committee colleagues and we extend our deepest sympathy to Margaret and the family. Committee members were recently given a valuable tour of the current roadworks construction sites around the Dilston Bypass/ Batman interchange area by site manager Paul Walker of DIER. The new interchange between the East Tamar Highway and the Batman Highway, together with improvements to the road surface, sightlines and delineation on sections of the East Tamar Highway, clearly demonstrate the significant safety gains that can be made through infrastructure upgrades. East Tamar Highway improvements – flexible centre barrier, added width, shoulder sealing and new line markings and have made this section of the highway much safer North-West Committee The North-West Committee recently welcomed ser ving Tasmania Police officer Sgt Dale Prosser as its new Chairman, and extends its gratitude to Bill Enkelaar for his service as Chair. Bill’s insights into engineer ing, traffic management and local project design through his professional expertise are of great value to the Committee’s deliberations and we are pleased he will remain a ser ving Committee member. Local road issues remain a focus for the Committee and members continue to be involved in working groups or attending council meetings. The one-way traffic system at North Terrace in Burnie appears, on balance, to have been a change for the worse and the Committee maintains its support for a return to previous arrangements. It also believes that existing traffic and pedestrian movement problems needed to be addressed at the intersection of West Park Grove and Bass Highway pr ior to new burdens being placed on this intersection. Concern has also been raised about the effects on traffic service levels in Devonport with the crucial Formby Road works requir ing diversions or closures. A proposed reduction of the speed limit from 60km/h to 50km/h within selected areas of the Ulverstone CBD as requested by the Central Coast Council was endorsed by the Committee. RACT’s Regional Advisory Committees working on local issues Dilston Bypass Alignment – the new bypass will feature best-practice infrastructure and will replace the dangerously-curved alignment of the old road Thanks, Bill! NW Committee secretary Mike Dixon (L) and immediate past-chairman Bill Enkelaar VinceTaskunas
Oct Nov 2010
Feb March 2011