Big trucks constantly use Ryrie Street, Geelong. Picture: Glenn Ferguson
Big trucks constantly use Ryrie Street, Geelong. Picture: Glenn Ferguson

Plans to keep CBD free of big trucks

OPTIONS to stop almost 3000 trucks flooding Geelong's CBD each day are being considered by the State ­Government.

The perennial issue of trucks in Ryrie St and central Geelong was thrust into the spotlight last year when City Hall vowed to develop a plan to tackle the problem.

Now, the Transport Department has revealed it is working with the City of Greater Geelong and other agencies to ­develop alternative routes following a detailed review and assessment process.

Under review recommendations, trucks could be: RESTRICTED from Ryrie St at certain times; ENCOURAGED to take alternative routes when approaching Geelong; and/or, DIVERTED along McKillop St, Fyans St and Breakwater Rd, which would be fitted with infrastructure including better intersections and mountable curbs.

The review also recommended better signal co-­ordination to support the passage of trucks and to ensure changes in freight movement and its impact on central Geelong was a key consideration when planning approvals were granted.

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