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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.

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