Yorke Peninsula Council is working towards developing a Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy to guide the management of heavy vehicle access to Council’s road network.
In addition, the strategy aims to set out a program of works to address key issues identified by civil engineering consultancy practice HDS Australia.
Council will host information sessions in Yorketown and Maitland in conjunction with the Heavy Vehicle Access Strategy Survey.
The survey seeks to gauge the opinions of those who primarily use Council’s unsealed roads (primary producers and transport operators) as well as the measures proposed to address issues identified by HDS Australia.
“Council has the largest unsealed road network of any Council in South Australia with about 3300 kilometres,” Director Assets and Infrastructure Services Andre Kompler said.
“In addition, Council has about 530km of sealed roads, including about 330km of sealed rural roads.
“Council’s unsealed road network is primarily used by those in the agricultural industry to facilitate the movement of livestock and grain off farm as well as the movement of agricultural equipment between paddocks.”
In 2018, Council engaged HDS Australia to undertake an investigation into the safety aspects of B Double routes within the Council area.
“The aim of the Network Level Heavy Vehicle Route Assessment was to determine the overall risk of each road segment and categorise the identified risk as low, moderate, high or very high in accordance with accepted heavy vehicle route assessment criteria,” Mr Kompler said.
“This initial investigation focussed on Council’s rural sealed roads and high use sheeted roads, which make up about 1000km of Council’s road network.”
HDS Australia provided a report and presentation to Council in July 2019.
“In May 2022, HDS Australia provided a report and presentation to Council for the remainder of the unsealed road network,” Mr Kompler said.
“The reports provided by HDS Australia indicate a significant number of very high and high issues.
“Council is now taking steps to address the issues identified by HDS Australia.”
To complete the survey visit https://yorke.elementorg.com/online-forms/community-survey-heavy-vehicle-access-strategy/.
Date: Tuesday 18 October
Location: Yorketown Town Hall, 15 Edithburgh Road, Yorketown
Date: Wednesday 19 October
Location: Maitland Town Hall, 11 Robert Street, Maitland
To register your attendance, please email RSVP@yorke.sa.gov.au by 5pm on Friday 14 October.