Independent Councillor Emmett O’Brien has warned that pavement rehabilitation, drainage and footpath work on the N21 in Adare could cause “unneeded extra congestion”.
“Even on the most modest of days the traffic in Adare has difficulty moving through the village. I have been repeatedly approached by businesses and residents in Adare asking to alleviate traffic and to provide adequate parking and signage. These are essential services that need to be addressed in Adare and that are not remotely addressed as part of this plan,” he said.
The Pallaskenry-based councillor said that while road drainage and footpaths were needed between Murphy’s Cross and Adare Town Hall the proposed scheme was prepared “in isolation of the overall plan for an Adare Bypass”.
“Three of the proposed routes bypass Adare and we are none the wiser some six months later as to what route it is.
“Perhaps if a route was selected the concerns of the resident of Adare over this latest scheme might have been alleviated in circumstances where at least we would have known Adare will be bypassed in a number of years”.
“In addition to this Limerick City & County Council has failed to present a detailed traffic plan, how to address traffic congestion which may take up to four months. This will cause unneeded extra traffic congestion in Adare, which is nationally renowned as a traffic black spot. The scheme will divert traffic from the Lantern Lodge through Castleroberts, Beabus, Graigue and to Murphy’s Cross increasing an already high volume of traffic on these byroads and potentially cause a safety hazard for children on these roads”.
Cllr O’Brien also noted that “€100,000 has already been spent on this scheme and I really wonder has this plan been thought out in its fullness.
“It has not addressed the most pressing concerns in Adare and in the absence of a combined approach with the Foynes / Limerick route this plan is going to cause unexpected and unnecessary problems for the people of Adare and users of the N21”.
A public consultation on the plan took place in the village on Tuesday.