The pedestrian crossing will be installed on the Abbeyleix Road side of Market Square in Portlaoise
Two weeks of traffic disruption are set to begin this week at one of the busiest roundabouts in Portlaoise.
Stop/Go boards will be in use at Market Square Roundabout, Portlaoise at the top of Main Street for two weeks while a pedestrian crossing is installed on the Abbeyleix Road side of the roundabout. This is on a busy stretch of the N80 through the centre of the town.
The roadworks are expected to cause delays on the busy roundabout. The stop/go boards will be in place starting from 8 am on Thursday morning, March 7 until 6 pm on Thursday, March 21.
Portlaoise councillor Willie Aird tabled a notice of motion at the Portlaoise Municipal District meeting last December asking for work to start on the pedestrian crossing.
He said elderly people, in particular, will benefit from the crossing as they currently have to walk to the other end of the road to cross over.
“We are a long, long time beating the drum on this one. People have to walk all the way up to Statoil to get across the road. One of our oldest ladies in Portlaoise passes maybe twice a day on this particular stretch and it will stop the people having to walk the whole way up to Statoil to get across the road,” he said.
At the time, a senior engineer at Laois County Council said funding was expected from Transport Infrastructure Ireland for the pedestrian crossing in ‘early 2019’. The work was expected to be completed by the end of March 2019.