Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough welcomed the passing of his motion at this month’s Ardee Municipal Council meeting.
He is seeking safety measures for the bridge which straddles the border between County Louth and County Monaghan which he says “is unsafe in its current state. As you come round the bend from the N2 you come upon it very quickly and there is a hump in the road which can be very deceiving and dangerous.”
Indeed one of the other councillors present admitted that he had at one stage hit the hump.
The Bridge is located on the road between Lannat Cross and Roes Cross and the response Cllr McGeough received was that the bridge is in County Monaghan and therefore falls under their remit.
Cllr McGeough disputed this advising that the bridge is actually right on the border.
Following the meeting Cllr McGeough liaised with his fellow councillors in Monaghan and said “they will raise it at the next Carrickmacross/Castleblayney Council meeting. One way or another, this bridge needs to be at least looked at by engineers and to have safety measures assessed.”
The actual wording of the motion was as follows:
That LCC in conjunction with Monaghan CC should carry out safety measures on the bridge that straddles the border on the road between Lannat Cross and Roes Cross. This bridge is extremely dangerous in its current state.
Louth County Council responded to Cllr McGeough after investigating the location and ownership of the bridge in question and confirmed he was in fact correct in his assertion that it straddled the border between both counties.
Louth Council will lisiase with Monaghan Council to improve safety measures at the bridge and in the meantime, until resources are found to address the issue long-term, extra signage and road markings will be added to prevent future accidents.
Sinn Féin Councillor Edel Corrigan has welcomed the completion of vital safety works carried out at the Scoil Phádraig Naofa in kilcurry.
Cllr Corrigan said “the application for these safety measures was made and approved as far back as 2017. It has been almost three years but this weekend sees the completion of the works and when the children return on Monday it will be a much safer environment around the outside of the school for them.”
The delay in getting these works done according to Cllr Corrigan was that initially only two tenders were received for the work, both in excess of the funding allocation so the works were put on hold until a second round of tendering could be completed seeking a more reasonable quote.
Cllr Corrigan said “there are now ramps which will slow traffic down and crossing lights which will make drivers more aware of schoolchildren crossing.
“Anything that improves the safety of our children especially around school areas is to be welcomed. These works have been a long time coming but at long last they have been completed.”
Sinn Fein Councillor David Saurin has welcomed a commitment given at last week’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting in relation to road safety measures in Marian Park.
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Saurin said “I have recently been contacted by residents regarding the speed of traffic entering the estate from Bottle Lane. So concerned are the residents about the situation that they have organised a petition calling for traffic calming measures to be implemented.”
“I raised the issue at the Borough Council meeting and called for the reinstallation of a speed ramp at the entrance to the estate which had been removed several years ago without any consultation with residents living on that particular stretch of road. Officials gave a commitment that the ramp would be reinstated.”
Cllr Saurin said he had “also requested that a traffic survey be carried out on this particular stretch of busy road and have asked that signage be erected in regards to speed limits and also that other traffic calming measures be implemented including more speed ramps if necessary.”
“I have witnessed for myself, the volume and speed of traffic entering the estate and it has become a rat run for some motorists so these safety measures are urgently required if we want to avoid what is evidently an accident waiting to happen.”
Sinn Féin Councillor David Saurin has called on Louth County Council to commence work as promised on Congress Avenue.
Councillor Saurin said “I raised the issue of speed ramps for Congress Avenue at this month’s Drogheda Borough Council meeting and questioned why these much needed and promised safety measures had not yet been implemented.”
Residents from the area signed a petition demanding traffic calming measures and a Sinn Féin motion calling for speed ramps to be installed was passed at a Council meeting some months ago.
Councillor Saurin said “Traffic counters were placed and a study was carried out measuring the volume of traffic along the road. It was agreed by Council engineers that these measures would be included in the programme of works for 2017.”
Councillor Saurin pointed out that “We are now in October and no ramps have been installed, promises were made but have not been kept. This road continues to be used as a rat run by motorists avoiding the traffic lights on the Platin Road and people in the area are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of urgency from the Council in relation to this issue.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on the Road Safety Authority to consider issuing high visibility strips for school bags for students in primary and secondary schools as a road safety measure, and to promote road safety awareness.
Deputy Munster said:
“Vulnerable road users represented over one third of all road deaths in 2016. There are many contributory reasons for this, including the poor condition of many of our roads, inadequate public lighting in some areas and dangerous junctions, all of which contribute to the vulnerability of pedestrians. Statistics from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) show that the most dangerous two hour period on our roads in 2016 was between 4pm to 6pm, when 29 people lost their lives and overall two thirds of pedestrians were killed in hours of darkness. ”
“I hope the RSA will agree to distribute high visibility strips for schoolbags for all school going children, as not only will it help to protect them, it will also further enhance road safety awareness around pedestrians.”