Cash for dangerous junctions

Money for road safety, maintenance and improvement measures to key locations in the county reduce dangers for motorists, acccording to Cllr Mary Sweeney.

Money for road safety, maintenance and improvement measures to key locations in the county reduce dangers for motorists, acccording to Cllr Mary Sweeney.

This follows the allocation of funding for 2012 by the NRA which will see major and minor works carried out throughout the county.

The NRA have allocated €40,000 for improvements works at Cashel Hill, Ballyroan and a further €10,00 for safety improvements at Dysart, Portlaoise.

“I am particularly pleased with the provision of €40,000 for the R425 at Cashel, Ballyroan and €10,000 for the N80 at Dysart, Portlaoise. Both of these areas have witnessed traffic accidents in recent years and I have received numerous requests from residents for traffic calming measures. I expect that work will commence on both these projects in the near future,” she said.

“This particular stretch of road in Ballyroan is very dangerous. The road surface is very uneven and needs realignment. This has been going on for the last two to three years. It was particularly bad in the winter months,” Cllr Sweeney said.

While a ghost island and right turn lane will be provided at Dysart.

“I have brought this up at numerous council meetings and many residents in the area have contacted me in connection to this on many ocassions. I look forward to the work being completed. This is a very dangerous junction and I welcome the provision of new safety measures,” she said.