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MEDIA RELEASE - Extension granted for travel of over dimensional vehicles

28 March 2019

Glenelg Shire Council has issued a further six month permit to allow the movement of wind farm components on over dimensional vehicles to some of the state’s biggest renewables projects.

The permit allows for components to be transported on local roads including Madeira Packet Road, Cape Nelson Road, Malings Road, Thorns Road, and Bridgewater Road.

These routes are necessary as some components are too large to fit under the Cape Bridgewater Road Bridge on the Portland Ring Road.

Glenelg Shire Mayor Cr Anita Rank said council was working with government and industry to find a solution to the current height restrictions associated with the Bridgewater Road Bridge.

“This permit has been granted whilst ensuring a minimum impact to local residents. Movement will occur in the early hours of the morning and are scheduled not to impact school bus movements,” Cr Rank said.

“We thank local residents, particularly those along the route, for their patience during this period. Council is working closely with the State Government through VicRoads and Transport Victoria, with support from industry, to find a workable solution to reconfigure the Bridgewater Road, Ring Road cross over to get trucks off local roads and back on key freight routes.

“We are lobbying directly to State and Federal Government’s to implement such works as soon as possible – this is a matter of priority.”

Letters will be sent to all residents located on the residential route providing advice on the permit extension.

A memorandum of understanding is also being developed between council and the transport contractors to undertake remediation work to reinstate any damaged road pavement or associated infrastructure.

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