Driver ‘courtesy’ at Clonminham Road

A yellow box at the Clonminham Road/Abbeyleix Road to ease traffic flow, or just rely on the good manners of other drivers?

That’s the choice facing Laois County Council, following a motion at the recent Portlaoise Town Council meeting calling for lining of the newly surfaced Clonminham Road and the installation of a yellow box at the entrance to Clonminham Road from Abbeyleix Road.

“It was resurfaced a couple of months ago and the footpath is a dangerous situation,” said Cllr Kathleen O’Brien, who also called for the county council to repair the path outside Dr White’s surgery which was damaged due to resurfacing, and re-surface the laneway in Marian Avenue at Conroy’s entrance.

“They did a very good job on the surface of the road, but repairs outside Dr White’s surgery are essential, there are a lot of old people going to the doctor’s,” remarked Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald, who also suggested a yellow box be placed on the Clonminham Road.

“A yellow box should be reconsidered, it’s very difficult to get out on the road,” she said. “You’re waiting on the manners and courtesy of other people.”

Council engineer Farhan Nasiem said that the damage to the footpath would be investigated and if required repairs will be carried out. However, he advised against the installation of a yellow box.




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