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February 3, 2003

Submission to Council on B-Doubles

Kali sent a submission to council opposing B-Doubles, here's the key points (hit More for the full letter)

With regard to the Tyagarah Section of the Highway, the B Doubles should be excluded from this section of the highway for the following reason:

1. Tyagarah is sandwiched between two communities that have severe outstanding issues regarding the safety of B-doubles on their roads, Ewingsdale and Ocean Shores. Some of those issues are addressed below.

2. The section coming down St Helena is still unfinished and necessitate B Doubles being restricted to a single lane which is a major safety issue for other users;

3. The gradient of St Helena hill is 8 degrees plus. In reality, B Doubles which carry in excess of 65 tonnes have considerable difficulty climbing the hill, and in times of extreme wet weather, such as we are experiencing now, are unable to gain enough traction on the hill to be able to complete the climb. Trucks during heavy wet weather are constantly having to offload their second unit, climb the hill, detach their first unit, return pick up their second unit, reunite both units at the top of the hill and then continue. This is clearly a matter of some concern to other road users.

4. The matter of noise has not been settled by the RTA. In their original plans for the Tyagarah section the consultant had recommended noise abatement designs such as rubberised bitumen, which were then incorporated into the original plans. However, these have never been implemented and noise is now a key issue for all Tyagarah residents. Given the concrete section of highway and that this is the loudest surface possible, the noise being generated by the trucks is phenomenal

3 February, 2003.

Mr Wayne Collins,
General Manager,
BYRON SHIRE COUNCIL.
By email


Dear Sir,

Re: COUNCIL MEETING 4 FEBRUARY, REGARDING B DOUBLES.

On behalf of the Tyagarah community, I forward this submission to you for inclusion regarding the issue of B Doubles to be discussed at tomorrow’s Council meeting.

With regard to the Tyagarah Section of the Highway, the B Doubles should be excluded from this section of the highway for the following reason:

1. Tyagarah is sandwiched between two communities that have severe outstanding issues regarding the safety of B-doubles on their roads, Ewingsdale and Ocean Shores. Some of those issues are addressed below.

2. The section coming down St Helena is still unfinished and necessitate B Doubles being restricted to a single lane which is a major safety issue for other users;

3. The gradient of St Helena hill is 8 degrees plus. In reality, B Doubles which carry in excess of 65 tonnes have considerable difficulty climbing the hill, and in times of extreme wet weather, such as we are experiencing now, are unable to gain enough traction on the hill to be able to complete the climb. Trucks during heavy wet weather are constantly having to offload their second unit, climb the hill, detach their first unit, return pick up their second unit, reunite both units at the top of the hill and then continue. This is clearly a matter of some concern to other road users.

4. The matter of noise has not been settled by the RTA. In their original plans for the Tyagarah section the consultant had recommended noise abatement designs such as rubberised bitumen, which were then incorporated into the original plans. However, these have never been implemented and noise is now a key issue for all Tyagarah residents. Given the concrete section of highway and that this is the loudest surface possible, the noise being generated by the trucks is phenomenal

On behalf of the Tyagarah community, we request that B Doubles should be denied access on our section of the highway, until the above issues have been fully complied with.

Given that this is a key community issue, I request that I be allowed to attend the Council meeting at the time of the discussion of the B Doubles under the public access rule.

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your time and attention.

Sincerely,


Kali Wendorf
President
Tyagarah Progress Association

Posted at February 3, 2003 12:00 AM

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