Traffic hazards in Ballybrittas

AN accident where a car mounted the path and crashed into a house on the corner in Ballybrittas prompted a call for a pedestrian railing in the village.

AN accident where a car mounted the path and crashed into a house on the corner in Ballybrittas prompted a call for a pedestrian railing in the village.

“A vehicle crashed into Coleman Reilly’s house and a chip was taken out of the building,” Cllr Tom Mulhall said, but added that after assessing the site with senior roads engineer Orla Barrett, there were other problems including visibility.

After speaking with the resident, Ms Barrett said a pedestrian railing will not fix the problem.

“The issue is primarily one of sight when coming down the side road. Preventing traffic parking to the right of the junction as far back as the bus bay would certainly improve the line of sight. The issue of the no right turn which is not being obeyed must also be examined and we are completing a survey of the area to examine a number of options, one of which would include making this by road a cul de sac,” she said.

Cllr Mulhall said cars parking outside Durty Nelly’s blocked visibility.

“Cars are coming from Monasterevin and still taking a right turn, even though there are two signs forbidding them to do so. Closing off the road is an option. The front door of Reilly’s house is close to the street,” he said.

The engineer said once a survey is complete, they will be discussing proposals with residents for discussion.