25 May 2022

'All kinds of everything' causing arguments on Laois road

'All kinds of everything' causing arguments on Laois road

A very narrow Laois road in the Slieve Blooms needs a range of safety measures because of the problems caused by the quantity and variety of vehicles that use it.

So insisted, Cllr James Kelly, Fine Gael raised the Drim Road in the Paddock area with Laois County Council officials at a recent meeting.

He tabled a motion calling on the local authority to “a matter of urgency” carry out road safety works. He listed lay-byes, cut ins and road widening as possibilities for what he said is a “very narrow”.

He told the meeting that it is a very busy road with a steep incline that is close to Paddock NS. Apart from school traffic he said a lot of businesses use the road which use big vehicles and heavy equipment.

“As Dana would say, there is all kinds of everything going up and down the road at busy times,” he said.

He said vehicles have taken to dangerously reversing on a junction because there is no lay-byes. The councillor claimed that the problems have caused motorists to have arguments with each other.

Cllr Seamus McDonald, Fianna Fáil, backed the motion as he had seen similar issues.

Mr. Edmond Kenny, District Engineer, replied that the council would meet Cllr Kelly at the site to identify locations for local widening of the road.  The issue was raised at the recent meeting of Borris-in-Ossory Mountmellick Municipal District

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