The only solution to a dangerous junction in Ballybrophy is moving it away from a railway bridge, but this is beyond the pockets of Laois County Council, according to area engineer Brenda Cuddy.
At a recent meeting of the Mountmellick Borris in Ossory district, Cllr Paddy Bracken called for a review of the “seriously dangerous” layout.
There is no simple solution he was told.
“Due to the railway bridge, the traffic exiting from the local road unto the region road, has considerably reduced vision. However, there is no simple solution. The junction would have to be substantially realigned and moved an adequate distance from the bridge, to achieve any significant improvement in the sight distance. There is no funding available for a project of this scale at this point in time.” was the written reply.
In the interim, the council’s road designers will assess if any minor alterations will improve the safety at this junction.
“I would appreciate that,” said Cllr Bracken.
Cllr Brendan Phelan recalled that land beside the bridge had been earmarked to be sold for a housing development which would have included the necessary road realignment.
“That is the only solution. We patched the road but there isn’t much we can do apart from purchasing that land,” agreed engineer Ms Duff.