Moy Pocket Road dangerous
IF you go down to Moy Pocket today, you may be in for a big surprise, especially if you have to move over to make room for a quarry or explosives truck, or if you are a truck driver having to move over for someone else.
In the absence of a guidepost on one especially dangerous culvert, drivers have little or no warning, even in daylight, of the substantial hole their left-hand wheels are likely to fall into.
And with the existing guidepost flattened, it is clear this has already happened to some driver, unlucky enough to have crashed into the culvert; or lucky enough to have survived the experience.
And with the likelihood of increased traffic on the roads, following an application to establish an explosives dump at the Moy Pocket Quarry, residents and probably truck drivers may have finally found something they agree on at last.
Moy Pocket Road needs major upgrading to cope with its current traffic load, let alone the load it will carry as quarry and explosives sales increase with growth.
Resident Ian Mackay has been a long term critic of the condition of the road and the quarry truck traffic using it and he said the problem will only increase as traffic volumes grow.
Mr Mackay said the explosives depot proponent, Orica Australia, has said its plan will involve two 26-tonne trucks accessing the site each week in the initial stages and daily movement by a “mobile manufacturing unit.”
But Mr Mackay said this was only for the “initial stages,” according to the company's town planning application – a clear indication, Mr Mackay said, that traffic volumes would grow. “It's a case of ‘from little things, big things grow,” he said.
He said that without a major upgrade of the quarry, government environmental approval of the project meant the Mary Valley has been subject to a “dam and blast” planning policy for the area.