Log port key beneficiary

LETTER

Re: Expect delays on Gladstone Road bridge, August 27 story.

Good information by Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield. The Gladstone Road Bridge is being widened and a traffic management plan set up for an estimated five months. The publicity is all about the benefits for cyclists and pedestrians, but the biggest users of the bridge are log trucks and the ultimate beneficiary is our log port. It is good to note the traffic plan will allow log trucks to keep trucking without hindrance, but other traffic is rerouted and denied straight-through access to Gladstone Road.

I wonder if it is intended, in the longer term, to permanently close off the historic gateway to Te Araroa and the East Coast.

Winston Moreton

Re: Expect delays on Gladstone Road bridge, August 27 story.

Good information by Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield. The Gladstone Road Bridge is being widened and a traffic management plan set up for an estimated five months. The publicity is all about the benefits for cyclists and pedestrians, but the biggest users of the bridge are log trucks and the ultimate beneficiary is our log port. It is good to note the traffic plan will allow log trucks to keep trucking without hindrance, but other traffic is rerouted and denied straight-through access to Gladstone Road.

I wonder if it is intended, in the longer term, to permanently close off the historic gateway to Te Araroa and the East Coast.

Winston Moreton

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