The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1890. TRACTION ENGINES AND THE TRAFFIC BRIDGE.
The County Council appeal's to have determined to vigorously enforce the Ashburton traffic bridge by-laws in regai'd to the use of the bridge by traction engines, no less than three charges [ of haying-crossed the bridge at irregular. \ hours, and under circumstances contrary to'-the provisions of the by-laws, having > been before the Resident Magistrate to-day. The traction engine proprietors seem to think that all diffi-culty-about" the bridge would disappear were they allowed, to ford the river •between the two bridges. As is wellknown, scarcely one of the many engines and combines in use in the Forks' district 'during the threshing season ever .uses Digby's bridge, but boldly crosses the' ri^er at the ford. Three years ago' three large engines— one for Mr . Weymouth Roberts, another for Mr John Grigg, and a third for a Temuka proprietor—were brought up to Ashburton from Christchurch, and travelled on the roads on -their own wheels. The Selwyn and the Rakaia were forded as they came without any casualty, and without losing any time, the engines ploughing through the water and pushing on as though they had been on a hard road. "Willows are planted on the banks of the river "at the Ashburton traffic bridge, but were gateways made for the entrance " and exit of the engines, a ford between the bridges would be availed of. in nearly every instance, and much trouble to the engineers would be saved, the county officers relieved' of their labors to a great extent, and the danger to wheeled traffic reduced to a niinimum, as well as removing the interruption to it that must necessarily follow the extensive use of the bridge by traction engines. The matter of making a practicable ford deserves the prompt and favorable consideration of the County Council.
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit THURSDAY, MAY 22, 1890. TRACTION ENGINES AND THE TRAFFIC BRIDGE.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 22 May 1890