Pearl Bay Avenue to remain open to traffic

29 August 2013

Right turn into Pearl Bay Avenue to remain open to traffic

Motorists are advised the right turn from Spit Road into Pearl Bay Avenue at Mosman will remain open to traffic after the trial closure was found to add an average of nine minutes to travel times.

“Between March and April, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) measured travel times when the right turn from Spit Road was closed to traffic, adding an average of nine minutes or 40 per cent to the usual 20 minute journey, depending on the day of the week,” a Roads and Maritime spokesperson said.

“On Monday when the trip time is the longest, the closure added an average of 20 minutes, doubling travel time for motorists. On Friday when the trip time was shortest, the closure added an average of 10 minutes.

“In the second stage of the trial, Roads and Maritime measured travel times from May to
August with the right turn into Pearl Bay Avenue reopened in the morning peak.

“The analysis showed travel times did not significantly improve for motorists travelling to the city along Pearl Bay Avenue instead of on Spit Road.

“Roads and Maritime measured travel times on Spit Road from Condamine Street and Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Manly Vale to the intersection of Military Road and Cowles Road, a distance of more than five kilometres. 

“Mosman Council also carried out travel time monitoring which indicated the right turn closure resulted in a delay of around two minutes from the Spit Bridge to the Ourimbah Road intersection. This did not include the corridor north of the Spit Bridge.

“The shorter length measured did not incorporate longer traffic queues on Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation, particularly the intersection of the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation and Sydney Road.

“Residents of Pearl Bay Avenue have expressed concerns about safety on the road during the morning peak when southbound motorists travel to the city.

“To improve safety, Roads and Maritime will work with Mosman Council on a Local Area Traffic Scheme.  
“Roads and Maritime will carry out investigations to further improve safety and traffic flow on the Spit and Military road corridor including possible adjustments to the traffic light phasing,” the spokesperson said.

Contact: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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