B-DOUBLE ROUTES TO INCREASE
Mark Pitt: Public safety, public enmity and also damage to roads and infrastructure are key.
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has approved road works around the Monto area to allow for more B-double truck access at the last council meeting.
North Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt said council had worked with the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator with regards to B-double routes.
“It costs around 200 to 300 thousand dollars to get roads up to B-double standards so funding assistance to help open these roads up is crucial,” Mr Pitt said.
“It’s a big roads budget this year and that’s part of council’s focus of putting money into the community, like the Deep Creek Bridge application and our normal road programs will assist in opening up more routes for B-doubles.”
Browns Citrus run trucks out of the North Burnett including B-doubles and load coordinator Steve Faulkner said one major benefit to more B-double access was less trucks on the road.
“It certainly keeps a lot more trucks off the road because B-doubles do the work of three single trailer combinations,” Mr Faulkner said.
“That saves more vehicles on the road, my only concern would be on some of the smaller roads.”
Mr Pitt said there were 23 criteria to accepting a road upgrade, with public safety being the number one concern for the council when addressing the issue.
“Public safety, public enmity and also damage to roads and infrastructure are key,” Mr Pitt said.
“We don’t want to see trucks ripping up the road trying to get up a hill for example, it must be viable.”
Mr Faulkner said he welcomed any new routes to help with travel north.
“We sometimes do go through Monto to get to Rockhampton and north Queensland,” he said.
“It should be a positive, there are even places around Gayndah where there isn’t access but we just try to use single vehicles and take on trailer off.”
Dates on when work will begin are yet to be set.