AFTER considerable feedback regarding the upcoming second pedestrian bridge across the Wimmera River in Horsham, many community members wanted to know why a second vehicle bridge was not in the plans for Horsham.
One former Horsham resident Harry Keen shares the concern that only one vehicle bridge can cut off Horsham.
"Horsham only has once access to both sides of the Wimmera and that means if something happens to the main bridge, you are virtually stuck.
"There is no way the police can redirect detours and have people go across another bridge to get back over to the main highway.
"It only takes a crash. Just as simple enough as a car crash.
'It's happened before and it's possible to happen again," Mr Keen said.
Horsham Rural City Council spokesperson said council is "appreciative of the feedback so far on the planned pedestrian bridge at Hamilton Street."
"While much of it is positive, there is also a notable amount of feedback calling for Council to construct a second vehicle bridge across the Wimmera River within Horsham," the spokesperson said.
Council informed the Mail-Times that Horsham council are keen to see this second vehicle bridge, and has committed $100,000 in this year's budget to facilitate the planning of this in conjunction with Regional Roads Victoria, as part of an alternative truck route. The location for this truck route and bridge would be determined during this planning work.
It is unlikely that a second vehicle bridge, including an alternative truck route, would be viable in the vicinity of the residential area of Waterlink Estate, hence the option of a pedestrian only bridge in this area is being advanced. The pedestrian bridge will be much less costly than a vehicle bridge, and hence can be planned and funded more readily.
Mr Keen said he believes Horsham will struggle to expand and utilise space if not more accessible via a second vehicle bridge.
"Horsham will continue to stagnate," he said.
"On one side of the river there is no real effort to put in anything.
"Horsham south will never develop to the degree that Horsham needs to widen."
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