Pedestrian crossing to be installed on busy Laois road with 'heavy goods vehicles flashing by the door'

Michelle Hogan

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Michelle Hogan

Laois Portarlington Pedestrian crossing to be installed on busy Laois road with 'heavy goods vehicles flashing by the door'

Bracklone Street, Portarlington

A long-awaited pedestrian crossing and traffic calming measures are set to be installed at a busy Portarlington road next month.

A crossing with flashing beacons is among the work that is expected to start on Monday, March 11 to slow traffic on busy Bracklone Street in Portarlington.

Cllr Aidan Mullins tabled a notice of motion at the Portarlington/Graiguecullen Municipal District meeting on Wednesday asking for an update on the 'promised traffic calming measures'. He welcomed the response that the work will start soon and said it has been a long time coming. 

“The proposed works are long overdue and they are welcomed because we are all familiar with how busy it is coming in there,” he said.

The roadworks are set to last for about a month according to a council engineer. Two parking spaces are set to be lost to the crossing but will be moved to a different location on the opposite side of the street.

Cllr Tom Mulhall said residents on the road do not have an easy time with speeding vehicles outside their doors.

“There is a huge volume of traffic coming in from the R420 Kimlullen and it all converges in on Bracklone Steet.

“There are houses there, old houses and they are there long before these heavy vehicles started coming on the road. The residents there haven’t got it easy there with all these heavy goods vehicles flashing by the door and it is very noisy and speed is the problem going in and out of Bracklone Street,” he said.

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