Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Barriers 'May Not Do'; Gulaptis Says Shoulder Too Narrow, Takes Swipe at Cansdell

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Barriers 'May Not Do'; Gulaptis Says Shoulder Too Narrow, Takes Swipe at Cansdell

Article excerpt

INSTALLING barriers to stop trucks from crashing into a property on a notorious black spot at Ulmarra might not be feasible says the Member for Clarence, Chris Gulaptis.

Mr Gulaptis was responding to a truck crash at Ulmarra on Monday night that damaged the property of the Brown family.

It was the third time in three years a truck had left the highway on the southern edge of the village and crashed through the fence and into their yard.

Mr Gulaptis said the government was prepared to do whatever it could to prevent accidents at Ulmarra but questioned claims that corrugated steel guardrails or concrete barriers might be effective.

He said a proposal from Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Steve Cansdell to install corrugated guardrails or concrete barriers might not be feasible because the road was too narrow at that point.

"To install those sorts of barriers you need to have enough width on the road shoulders and I'm not sure there's enough width there to have those sorts of barriers," he said. …

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