Bridge de­fec­tive

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY -

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

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