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Safety Improvements Along Beulah Road, Norwood
14 April 2015
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure in partnership with the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is improving cyclist safety by modifying a number of roundabouts along Beulah Road at Norwood, with construction work starting in early May 2015.
The proposed roundabout improvements along Beulah Road are at the intersections with Sydenham Road, Edward Street, George Street and Queen Street. These improvements form part of the Norwood Bicycle Boulevard project.
The Norwood Bicycle Boulevard project is being undertaken in partnership with the City of Norwood, Payneham & St Peters and the City of Burnside. It will provide a low speed environment, which is safe for all cyclists, where bicycles can mix safely with local motor vehicle traffic. The boulevard concept promotes the use of low traffic volume routes on local roads as a safer and more attractive alternative to cycling on busy arterial roads. To further complement the Beulah Road Bicycle Boulevard, the bicycle lanes on Rundle Street, Kent Town will also be upgraded.
The alignment of the roundabouts along Beulah Road will be improved to promote slower vehicle speeds which will address the crash history at these intersections. Between 2004 and 2013 there were many crashes involving cyclists reported to South Australia Police. These consisted of:
- Beulah Road/Sydenham Road roundabout: 21 crashes, including 13 cyclist casualties. This was one of the highest recorded crash figures for an intersection in South Australia over this time period
- Beulah Road/Edward Street roundabout: 8 crashes, including 4 cyclist casualties
- Beulah Road/George Street roundabout: 14 crashes, including 4 cyclist casualties
- Beulah Road/Queen Street roundabout: 6 crashes, including 4 cyclist casualties.
Eighty per cent of the recorded crashes involved a driver entering the roundabout failing to give way to a cyclist circulating the roundabout. Reducing the speed of vehicles entering the roundabout will reduce the risk of this type of crash.
The modifications to the roundabouts will be done within the existing road area. These improvements will not affect the current number of on-road car park spaces, however the length of some of these spaces will be slightly modified.
To minimise traffic impacts, construction work will be undertaken as a combination of day and night works. Night works will be managed to minimise disturbance to the local community as much as possible and adjacent residents will be provided advance notice. Speed, lane and parking restrictions will be in place during construction and motorists are asked to use extra caution when workers are on site.
These safety improvements are funded by the State Government’s Road Safety Fund.
Construction work is scheduled for completion by the end of June 2015, weather permitting.
The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure thanks road users for their patience.