Drivers ignoring weight restrictions of Ohakune bridges put ‘themselves and others in danger’

Chicanes are being installed at the Ruapehu Rd rail over-bridge to help limit the size of vehicle that can cross over it.

2021-04-20 07:15:45

Drivers of heavy vehicles are utilizing broken bridges on again roads close to Ōhakune regardless of warnings from the council.

Chicanes are being installed at the Ruapehu Rd rail over-bridge to help limit the size of vehicle that can cross over it.

Chicanes are being put in on the Ruapehu Rd rail over-bridge to assist restrict the scale of car that may cross over it.
Picture: Provided / Ruapehu District Council

In consequence, Ruapehu District Council was putting in compliance monitoring cameras on the Ruapehu Rd and Mangateitei Rd rail overbridges between Ōhakune and Rangataua.

The council stated the 2 outdated timber bridges each had “failing elements” and had clear signage alerting drivers to restrictions.

Nevertheless, studies of obese vehicles utilizing the bridges have been routinely acquired by the council.

The Ruapehu Rd overbridge ought to solely be utilized by automobiles and utes, whereas the Mangateitei bridge has the next 70 p.c weight restriction, it stated.

Additional restrictions to the Mangateitei bridge could also be in place sooner or later, with bridge engineers at present assessing its capability.

“It is rather irritating that drivers are persevering with to disregard the burden restrictions and placing themselves and others in danger, particularly with each bridges crossing the primary trunk railway line and having different routes out there,” the council stated in an announcement.

Drivers caught ignoring the burden restrictions may face prosecution, stated the council’s crew chief Land Transport Andrea Nicol.

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