Hallett Road - Proposed Reduced Speed Limit to 50 km/h

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A review of crash statistics along Hallett Road indicates that an unacceptable number of crashes are occurring suggesting intervention in some form is required.

Background

Hallett Road is a sub-arterial road under the care and control of the City of Burnside. It carries approximately 11,000 vehicles per day and links Greenhill Road with Kensington Road, both of which are under the care and control of the Department for Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Excluding the intersections with these roads, 26 crashes have occurred along Hallett Road in the last five year reporting period (2014-2018) with nearly half those resulting in

A review of crash statistics along Hallett Road indicates that an unacceptable number of crashes are occurring suggesting intervention in some form is required.

Background

Hallett Road is a sub-arterial road under the care and control of the City of Burnside. It carries approximately 11,000 vehicles per day and links Greenhill Road with Kensington Road, both of which are under the care and control of the Department for Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

Excluding the intersections with these roads, 26 crashes have occurred along Hallett Road in the last five year reporting period (2014-2018) with nearly half those resulting in some form of injury. More than half of the crashes were recorded as ‘rear end’ collisions with the next biggest crash type being ‘hit parked vehicle’.

Considering the above information, intervention is clearly warranted to reduce the likelihood of further crashes.

Proposed Reduced Speed Limit

The most effective, simplest and inexpensive way of reducing crashes of these types for a length of road is to reduce the speed limit. Hallett Road is currently 60 km/h. This speed limit has been established for a very long period and remained following the introduction of the default 50 km/h urban speed limit in 2003.

Studies show that reducing the speed from 60 km/h to 50 km/h will effectively shorten the stopping distance of an average family car in dry weather by approximately 10m from 45m to 35m which equates to about two car lengths (about a 13m reduction in wet weather).

A reduced speed limit will only add approximately 20 seconds travel time for the full length of Hallett Road.

Next steps

The Speed Limit Guideline for South Australia sets out the required considerations, general process, and the approval process for reducing or changing speed limits. Part of the process includes giving consideration to community engagement. As such you are encouraged to provide your feedback and indication of support or otherwise for the reduced speed limit via the included questionnaire or email.

The results of the community engagement and an associated report will then be presented to Council for consideration. If supported, an application will then be made to the Minister of Transport to lower the Hallett Road speed limit to 50 km/h. Please note this process will potentially take several months.

Have your say

Complete the online survey below by 5 pm Friday 3 April.

More information

If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact Council’s Principal Traffic Engineer, David Hayes, on 8366 4200 or dhayes@burnside.sa.gov.au