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Monday, June 30, 2014

Super Heavy Trucks

"What seems to be a common theme amongst many of the projects is that they are replacing bridges that aren’t able to carry the new super heavy trucks the government allowed a few years ago."


Ah, yes.

Same thought occurred to me when the man in a suit came to "guide" the Riverton community through the difficult decision about their own bridge.

13 comments:

Armchair Critic said...

They probably need stronger bridges to carry all the extra mail generated by your grassroots green man initiative. I'd take whatever they offer, and given you're in a relatively safe national seat, that won't be much.

robertguyton said...

No mail of late. Must be a delivery problem.

Philip Todd said...

Often looked at the Riverton Bridge and thought with the tidal flow going under it most of the day it could be used to generate electricity. The actual volume of water must be pretty large and someone must know how to harness it.

robertguyton said...

It's been discussed here many times. The bridge couldn't handle any pressure though. We need a new one. Instead, we're getting a "Give Way" sign.
Thanks, Sarah Dowie.

Armchair Critic said...

Yeah, I've heard that NZ Post have slowed down lately and it's better to use a courier. Still, you never know, there may be a whole lot of mail that will all arrive at once, probably after the SIS have read and re-read it trying to find secret meanings.

Armchair Critic said...

BTW, are the super heavy trucks "super" in the same sense that the reorganisation of local governance in Auckland? Or are they super-er?
I wondered whether we might not be better off, as a society, if we created an entirely separate network for transporting really heavy stuff, and bulk goods. What with modern engineering we could make the network infrastructure capable of handling really heavy loads, in the order of hundreds or thousands of tonnes, rather than just tens of tonnes. It would have another advantage, in that it would keep heavy and bulk goods away from people in cars.

robertguyton said...

Til you get to the bridge...

robertguyton said...

Well, I hope they enjoy Esme from Ekatahuna's description of her cosmos bed - certainly, I did.

robertguyton said...

Ah!
You mean rail.

Armchair Critic said...

Yes. Of course it won't happen while one of our political parties believes in subsidies for the trucking (as opposed to transport) lobby groups, because they'll fight tooth and nail to keep their subsidies. After all, that's what makes them profitable.

robertguyton said...

National is trucking the country.

Armchair Critic said...

I see your terrible pun and raise the stakes with a "we should be railing against it" :-D

robertguyton said...

Light-weight (aluminium) units with a degree of self-drive, on rails. Tiwai does the metal, Manapouri the electricity.