‘Serious accident will happen’

A local county councillor has predicted that there will be a serious accident on the diversion roads around Rathdowney, while the sewage works have the Main Road closed.

A local county councillor has predicted that there will be a serious accident on the diversion roads around Rathdowney, while the sewage works have the Main Road closed.

At the recent Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick municipal meeting, local Councillor, Brendan Phelan said there will be a serious accident on the road.

“All the routes are on secondary roads and they are absolutely destroyed. I can guarantee there is going to be a serious accident,” Cllr Brendan Phelan said.

“Lorries that are driving materials to the job are pulling in on the margins, they will pelt it out on to the road”

He said signage in the area was also a problem.

“There is a major problem in Rathdowney with signage. There is no signage untill you arrive at the Conoboro bridge.

“Traffic is coming right to the bridge and then reversing up the road,” he said, requesting a sign in Ballacolla to say the road is closed through Rathdowney.”

Cllr Phelan added: “We are looking for reasonable measures, even the parish priest has asked everybody off the altar to put up with things.”

The area engineer said lorries were ignoring the signs.

“Vehicles are ignoring the signs, artics are going down local roads, we don’t want that, they are not fit to take them,” Brenda Cuddy said, adding that she had no control over it.

Local resident, Declan Gorman also contacted the Leinster Express via Twitter last week to express his concern for the condition of the Kilcoran Road.

“Both side of the road are cut up.

“There is not enough room for two cars to pass each other,” he said.

Mr Gorman said he travels twice a day but there is no where to pull in if you meet a car on the narrow road.

“There is no where to pull in if you meet a car, even some of the houses have bollards along the grass verges to stop cars pulling in,” he said.

“There is a lot of traffic on that road now and it is practically meeting in the middle in one spot.”

Mr Gorman continued: “It is the wrong time of year to be doing the work.

“Anyone in their right mind wouldn’t have a diversion on those road.”