IN this week’s Gympie Regional Council Works and Services Committee meeting, councillors were given a report from Greg Ingham, council’s Eastern Division general manager of works, which said maintaining Shadbolt Road to a higher standard was beyond council’s existing road maintenance budget.
Mr Ingham went on to report extensive reconstruction would be required on the 2.8km unsealed section of the road to provide all-weather access and he recommended council look into applying a load limit.
Council’s director of engineering services Bob Fredman said there had almost been a serious accident along the road, which was why council needed to consider if the road was suitable to grade.
Mr Fredman said it was a matter of concern and it was not suitable that tankers used the road.
Mr Ingham said it was the worst thing for tankers to use the road in bad conditions.
Council staff will consult with milk tanker operators and work on a report on the implementation of a load limit on Shadbolt Road.
Collaboration will be undertaken on drafting of a new local law for load limits on roads with “steepness or similar geometric problems that impact on the safety of articulated vehicles”.