Tower traffic troubles
SOME Portland residents will soon have to get used to large trucks using local roads again as the issue of a height restriction on the Ring Rd continues to remain unresolved.
Glenelg Shire councillors voted last week to continue to allow two trucking companies to transport imported wind farm components on local roads, while seeking a solution to the problem of the Henty Hwy-Bridgewater Rd intersection.
The companies have to use an alternative route to get the components from the Port of Portland to various wind farm projects because of the height restriction of the bridge going over the Ring Rd.
There have been no tower components transported during the winter, but they are expected to start again next month, using Madeira Packet, Cape Nelson, Malings and Thorns Rds to take the components either directly to the site or to a storage yard on Portland-Nelson Rd.
Councillors in March called for a change to the Bridgewater Rd overpass, warning that they might not issue future permits if it wasn’t upgraded to allow the trucks to use the Ring Rd.
However, while there has been lobbying, there has been little progress on the matter and councillors agreed to balance the need to take trucks off local roads with the need to keep the trade coming through the Port of Portland.