Work starts on new pedestrian crossing at accident blackspot in Laois town

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan

pedestrian crossing being installed in Mountmellick

pedestrian crossing being installed in Mountmellick

Work begins today to install a new pedestrian crossing at an accident blackspot in Mountmellick, Laois.

The crossing is going in on the R423 Portarlington road beside Turley's Pub and Bay View housing estate.

It is beside the T- junction where last December 26 a car sped straight through it into a house, smashing two cars and the front of the house.  See image below.

It struck like a grenade,” owner Betty Buggy told the Leinster Express. It was the third time in recent years that their house had been hit by a vehicle. Read their story here. 

Cllr Paddy Bracken requested safety measures for the junction after the latest crash, warning that someone could be killed. 

The council set aside €30,000 for the safety works last May. 

They will include speed feedback signage on the Portarlington Road approach, additional junction warning signs, enhanced pedestrian crossing facilities at the junction itself together with other, general traffic calming measures in the immediate area of the junction.

There will be temporary traffic lights while works take place. 

It will last from Wednesday October 7 until Wednesday October 21.