OPINION: Cattle truck solution simply the cheapest

THERE are plenty of ways to solve Rockhampton's cattle truck problems, but I believe money has been the main factor in the State Government's decision making.

The solution provided by the state is a $30m route which would take road trains around Stockland and down Musgrave St to link with Lakes Creek Rd.

That has upset some residents and stakeholders.

Full details of how this would work are still being sought but we know it involves major upgrades to the two key intersections and a few bridges.

The solution I thought was a good one would have been an off ramp on the north bound lanes of Moores Creek Rd after crossing the Neville Hewitt Bridge near Knight St to loop trucks round to Glenmore Rd.

But the best option is to build a link highway and bridge south of Rockhampton to cross just behind the Berserker Ranges, skirt Cawarral and link with the current Bruce Hwy again.

That would also take some heavy transport off Rocky roads - but the experts have gone for what must be the easiest and cheapest solution.

If this plan does stack up after the six-month design stage it will solve the road train problem but will it raise other issues?

The State Government needs to get its skates on and inform or appease the community on the likely scenarios which will come from this change to traffic flow.

I am especially intrigued with the redesign of the intersections at Stockland and Lakes Creek Rd.

I suspect there will be little impact as the road trains will only be on the highway during quieter times and the overall traffic count will go down as the number of smaller cattle trucks will be greatly reduced.

The biggest problems I can see is all the additional stops these big trucks will have to deal with as they rumble through Rocky and around Stockland Rockhampton.

What do you think of the proposed cattle road train route through Rockhampton?

This poll ended on 18 March 2016.

Current Results

It is a good route

10%

It looks like a dangerous route

46%

It is too long and won't be taken up by truck drivers

42%

I am undecided

1%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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