Councillor Munster stated “this year most of our motor tax paid in Louth was given over to prop up Irish Water, leaving local authorities starved of funding for road safety measures and yet again it is the motorists, taxpayers and pedestrians who are being short changed”.
“This junction is lethal and needs traffic calming as motorists come off the motorway at speed into a built up area with housing estates, a school, church and shops. At this junction cars have to stop facing down towards Mell to turn right to access a road were 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.”
Cllr Munster explained “Traffic coming from behind have very little visibility of the vehicle stopped due to the brow of the hill driving down Mell towards the town centre. There is a constant stream of traffic in all directions at this busy junction and the road is exceptionally wide and has no safe crossing point for pedestrians. The council have carried out a vehicle and pedestrian assessment following on from my previous motion to them and recommended a priority and staggered junction but we were told funding was not available.”
Cllr Munster said “it is totally unacceptable that our roads budget has been slashed by over 40% over the last three years and motor tax which is supposed to be spent on roads, is being handed over to keep Irish Water afloat to the detriment of road safety. I fully intend to continue to push to secure funding for this junction to be made safe for motorists, pedestrians and local residents alike.”