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More warning signs needed for low bridges

Created on 12/01/2017 @ 09:03
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There was more traffic chaos last night after a lorry became stuck under the Dolfor Bridge on the A483 in Newtown.

Traffic backed up in the town centre, causing additional misery for motorists.

But the matter raises the question over warning signage to large vehicles using the road, including the Nantoer Bridge on Llanidloes Road which has also seen problems.

Over the past year there have been numerous incidents in which vehicles have become trapped after drivers' have attempted to travel under the railway bridges, despite being over the height limit.

While there are signs warning lorry drivers about height restrictions, they don't obviously give the drivers' enough information and maybe larger and "illuninated" sensor signs are needed.

In last night's incident at around 6pm, the lorry travelled under the bridge, ripping part of the trailer roof off. Our photo was taken and posted by Facebook user Mark Howells who caught the incident just after it happened.

However, if highways bosses considered signage such as that in Shrewsbury where the town centre railway bridge has illuminated signs alerting the drivers' of vehicles over a specific height, such incidents might not occur.

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Photo: Courtesy of Facebook user Mark Howells.

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