Sharkey Seeking Safety Audit Of N53 Junction

SF Tomas Sharkey 3Sinn Féin County Councillor Tomas Sharkey is seeking a full safety audit of new junctions that were created on the N53 last year.

The Louth County Councillor said “Last year a lot of money was spent on this new road. Before it was even finished the local community knew that the junctions at Milltown and Phillipstown would be unsafe and I agreewith them. There are no right turning boxes, filter lanes or continuous white lines at these junctions and accidents occur on an almost weekly basis.
“I believe that the engineers and the NRA who were involved in this project need to admit that more work is needed to make the road safe for users. I have taken the unusual step of tabling a motion mandating the Director of Services to carry out a review of this work because my concerns and the public’s concerns are falling on deaf ears.”

Munster To Push For Roundabout At Mell Junction

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In December Sinn Féin Councillor Imelda Munster called on Drogheda Borough
Council to carry out a vehicle and pedestrian user safety assessment of the
junction at Upper Mell / Cement Road / Old Slane Road.

Cllr Munster stated at that time that “there is a constant stream of traffic in all directions at this busy junction leading from Mell to the M1 Retail Park. There is also a constant flow of motorists going on to and coming off the M1 motorway heading down Mell. At this junction cars have to stop facing down Mell to turn right to access a road, where the vehicle has to do a u turn at a very busy part of the road to access several residential estates and the local GAA club on the Old Slane Road.”

Imelda Munster continued,  “traffic from behind have very little visibility of the stopped vehicle due to a brow of the hill driving down Mell towards the town centre. Also pedestrians who live in the area have to cross this very busy junction to access the supermarket or shops. The road at this junction is exceptionally wide and has no safe crossing point for pedestrians.”

The Borough Council passed the motion and that report has now been carried out and returned to her and work has now commenced on the procurement of a contractor to carry out traffic counts at this location.

Cllr Munster explained “this information is needed to prepare a  preliminary design for the junction and it is estimated that it will take 11 weeks to complete this phase of the project. This means it will then be ready for a Part 8 Planning presentation at the May meeting and the Borough engineer will have an interim report on the works required together with a budget cost available to consider before the Roadworks Programme is adopted.”

Cllr Munster continued “I do hope that a roundabout with pedestrian access will be part of the of the design and I intend to pursue this to have the project for this busy junction completed this year.”

Cllr Munster at the busy junction

Cllr Munster at the busy junction