Another dose of idiocy from Marlborough

From the fools who brought you an over-priced, never finished but world-class theatre and a bus shelter with a hole in it…I give you the roundabout that is a truck trap:

The new $4 million-plus roundabout on State Highway one at Spring Creek has captured another victim:

A truck carrying a 30-metre gantry crane is the latest to get stuck on a new multimillion-dollar roundabout on State Highway 1.

The truck, accompanied by three pilot vehicles, was heading south through Spring Creek, north of Blenheim, when it misjudged a right-hand turn on Wednesday.

Junction Hotel and Bar co-owner Mike Pink was in his office overlooking the new roundabout, which opened to traffic about six weeks ago, when he noticed the truck approaching.

“I didn’t think it would make it around. And sure enough, the trailer went half over the roundabout. The traffic was backed up all the way to the [Grove Rd] bridge,” Pink said.

“So we opened up our forecourt so people could get around it, and one of the girls from next door at the [Challenge Spring Creek] garage directed traffic through it.”

The New Zealand Transport Agency started consulting the public on the roundabout in 2014. Construction started in October last year, but poor weather and unforseen ground conditions pushed the June completion date back.

The project also went over budget at $3.6m, roughly $700,000 more than what the agency anticipated in July last year.

It drew the ire of business owners in the area, who said in June the lengthy construction process was hurting their takings.

Pink said on Wednesday the new roundabout had been “diabolical” as many large vehicles struggled to navigate the intersection.

“It’s been entertaining since the roundabout was put in. Twice the roundabout has been jam-packed with cars because they got caught by the [railway crossing] lights [on Ferry Rd], we had one woman go round the roundabout anticlockwise instead of clockwise. There was a boat that fell off a trailer the other day,” Pink said.

“We always said there would be trouble with the roundabout, and there’s been four major problems in the space of three weeks. All the truck drivers hate it. But all the customers sit out the front and watch people trying to go around it. It’s all very funny.”

Senior constable Todd Monaghan, of Blenheim, said the undercarriage of the truck got stuck on the concrete curb of the roundabout island.

“[The driver] just couldn’t get wide enough around the roundabout, for the length of the load. He didn’t do anything wrong.”

There happened to be a front-end loader nearby that was able to lift the truck off the roundabout.

The driver would not face any charges, Monaghan said.

I’m reliably told that usually, the complete intersection has to be closed for long loads so that the long load can proceed on the wrong side of the road (e.g. the long stressed concrete beams being transported from Rotorua to the Kaikoura earthquake rebuild requires the tributary and SH1 to be closed so that they can negotiate their way south on the North bound lane.)

This is what happens when you have road maggots designing roads.

 

-Fairfax


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