THE local concern surrounding this bridge does not centre on trucks and associated noise created by trucks, Mr Mahon. The main concern is that we ratepayers and greater community have had to accept a disruption to our daily activities and lifestyle. This bridge, built under contract in about 2009, supposedly to carry a loading of 70 tonne, was, it appears, only built to a 45 tonne capacity loading. It appears that the bridge was not built to original plan and is also defective.
Mr Mahon, you state that “the few stock transport trucks from west” travelled via Flagstone Creek Rd prior to the bridge loading requiring a lowering of loading limit because of bridge defects. Surely you understand that the abattoir animals are mainly transported from west to local slaughter yards. These trucks are loaded with live, kicking, urinating, shitting bodies, which have to be prodded and encouraged to be upright, unbruised on arrival at the abattoirs. This means the trucks stop at various locations, one being as trucks turn off Grantham-winwill Rd into Grantham Scrub Rd. As truck transports turn around tight corners, animals sometimes lose footing. This requires a stop to encourage standing. This is quite a noisy exercise. Truck operators can only do their best in these situations.
All these problems can be overcome by replacing this bridge as soon as yesterday. The bridge problem has been ongoing for too many years. Lockyer Valley Regional Council needs to pull the finger out and tender for replacement. Fact is, loaded stock trucks can not cross this defective bridge.
The council indicates it has a budget surplus. Why then do they not rebuild this defective structure? This situation is not acceptable to we ratepayers. The council is remiss in not promptly attending to this very dangerous situation which it has caused.
–C. Bergman, Veradilla