RUMBLING TRUCKS ON TOWN STREETS
Recently I was outside the Salvation Army shop talking to someone when a truck and trailer unit came rumbling past causing the footpath to shake.
It reminded me of a passing train. I said ‘wow that was heavy’. The person I had been talking to said ‘that’s usual, sometimes the windows rattle as well’.
I believe it had all the axels and wheels to comply with the regulations Mr Tisch refers to, but still the ground shook.
This I’m told, affects the structure of the road and I have never noticed a car that could do that.
The regulations and/or definition may have changed on paper regarding heavy trucks but originally the road was never built to service the amount of heavy traffic we are having.
Prior to the Kaimai tunnel being constructed we were told that if the tunnel was built it would keep the heavy trucks off the roads.
Of course this referred to the logs from Tokoroa mainly. There were no shipping containers that we see going through our town to Tauranga Port. To suggest that only 16 per cent of traffic through Broadway is heavy is contrary to how many people see it.
Was that survey taken on a Sunday? Most people agree it’s much more than that, which is why Mr Dowling has had such a good response in the short time it [his petition] was done.
Further to claim all but two of the trucks going through are local businesses, I also disagree with. Many, such as the container carrying trucks and logging trucks, are from elsewhere headed for Tauranga Port.
Surely Mr Jones is right, we need proper roading construction done, not quick patch up jobs that don’t really work. The damage has been done, we have paid our petrol taxes.