A BAN on heavy trucks using a popular river bridge crossing at Allansford could trigger road rage when rigs are detoured onto the Princes Highway.
Nanjing Night Net

City councillors were told recently VicRoads has already refused a request for a slower 80km/h speed limit at proposed new truck entry points.

City infrastructure director Peter Robertson said rear-end collisions would be inevitable if the highway speed was not reduced.

He said truck drivers’ view of oncoming traffic was compromised by a nearby bend in the highway.

“When the truck is actually on the highway it may take a good 120 seconds for it to reach the speed limit,” he said.

The 1930s bridge at Ziegler Parade is structurally unsound after suffering major damage during last year’s floods and large numbers of trucks carrying gravel for district wind farms cannot be sustained, the council heard.

Cr John Harris said there was potential for “a lot of angst” with traffic on the highway.

“There would be 100 trucks a day using Ziegler Parade,” he said.

Councillors unanimously decided to put a 14-tonne limit on the Ziegler Parade bridge over the Hopkins. It will cost at least $500,000 to repair the 80-year-old structure.

Council officers and VicRoads will discuss detour options of either Garibaldi Lane or Grauers Road onto the highway.

However, this would create traffic safety issues with fully-laden trucks slowly merging into 100 kilometre-an-hour traffic.

Stakeholders will be notified in the next few weeks before the limit is imposed.

Councillors delayed putting load limits on Skuses Road bridge at Allansford and the Stanley Street bridge in South Warrnambool.

Officers will consider allowing exemptions for some milk tankers and quarry trucks which regularly use the Skuses Road crossing, for which a 20-tonne limit has been proposed.

An engineering report to the council this week said it would cost between $110,000 and $120,000 to replace the ageing structure.

“Skuses Road has been on the city council and Moyne Shire books for a long time,” Mr Robertson said.

“There is continuing damage on that structure.”

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