FINE Gael councillor for Abbeyfeale, Liam Galvin has announced €600,000 worth of funding, which will go towards improving traffic calming and safety measures in West Limerick.
Some €465,000 will go towards enhancing traffic calming measures in Templeglantine. A sum of €100,000 will be put towards control measures at Joy’s Corner in Abbeyfeale, while €35,000 will be allocated to construction of safety measures at Ward’s Cross, which is on the Abbeyfeale to Newcastle West road.
Each of these additions to West Limerick roads will be fully installed in 2014, according to Mr Galvin.
“I have been working over the last number of years to ensure that this funding was secured to have these essential road works carried out. The works which will all commence in 2014 are of great importance to the local communities in these areas and of course the commuters along the N21,” he said.
He added that he is “thrilled” with the Minister for Transport’s allocation of funds in the region.
“The funding that is being given to the Templeglantine area has to be welcomed. The funding that will go towards improving its infrastructure will help give the village its own identity.
“When you go westbound to Abbeyfeale, you have Ward’s Cross, and right there, there is €35,000 worth of funding going towards it, which I am delighted with. I am thrilled that the Minister has decided to put funding towards this area. It will go towards safety measures and I hope that there will be an installment a right-hand turning lane, and to give proper visibility for drivers,” he told the Limerick Leader.
Mr Galvin said locals will need to know the plans before construction goes ahead, to ensure it suits locals’ commuting needs.
“Before everything goes ahead, the plans will have to be cleared. Which is why local businesses and locals should be consulted before works go ahead. But overall, this generous amount of funding will help the infrastructure in West Limerick tremendously.”
Despite the praise for funding, Cllr Galvin is “disappointed” with the lack attention going towards the Adare bypass. He said it has impeded job creation.
“The biggest thing that needs to be done is the N21, from Abbeyfeale to Limerick city, that is the Adare bypass. I am disappointed that we have not handled this problem already. The Minister needs to come down and meet all the locals and handle this bypass issue. If it isn’t, then we are wasting our time trying to create jobs. If people from this area want jobs, then this needs to be a main priority. It’s not sufficient enough to travel from Abbeyfeale to Limerick city at all, even for foreign investors and hauliers,” he said.
He added that there will be a cycle lane installed in Templeglantine so children can go to the GAA pitch safely.