Upgrade roads instead

LETTER

What an absolute joke! I can only assume the directors of GHL have lost the plot or else they have overdosed on wacky baccy.

Their proposal for a heavy truck bypass through the city is as far-fetched as James Cameron’s vision of farming.

Never thought I would say this, but thank goodness for the Resource Management Act. By the time this hare-brained plan was finalised the forestry industry could be obsolete.

I do agree we have a major problem and fixing it will not be easy. So here is my suggestion.

I have just driven on the Hamilton/Cambridge Expressway. It has a super-quiet surface, there is no road noise at all and when electric-powered trucks are in use there will be no engine noise or pollution either.

Awapuni Road and Crawford Road could be upgraded to this level at a fraction of the cost and disruption. As Crawford Road is not a state highway, the residents could be paid a negotiated compensation package for agreeing to this. It would be worth it.

If agreement cannot be reached, apply the same surface development to Wainui Road and continue to use it as now.

That does not get over the problem of the Gladstone Road bridge, but some things just have to be sucked up.

Paul Gretton

What an absolute joke! I can only assume the directors of GHL have lost the plot or else they have overdosed on wacky baccy.

Their proposal for a heavy truck bypass through the city is as far-fetched as James Cameron’s vision of farming.

Never thought I would say this, but thank goodness for the Resource Management Act. By the time this hare-brained plan was finalised the forestry industry could be obsolete.

I do agree we have a major problem and fixing it will not be easy. So here is my suggestion.

I have just driven on the Hamilton/Cambridge Expressway. It has a super-quiet surface, there is no road noise at all and when electric-powered trucks are in use there will be no engine noise or pollution either.

Awapuni Road and Crawford Road could be upgraded to this level at a fraction of the cost and disruption. As Crawford Road is not a state highway, the residents could be paid a negotiated compensation package for agreeing to this. It would be worth it.

If agreement cannot be reached, apply the same surface development to Wainui Road and continue to use it as now.

That does not get over the problem of the Gladstone Road bridge, but some things just have to be sucked up.

Paul Gretton

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