THE ACTION group who have been campaigning for a new, safer road between Newcastle West and Barnagh have voiced their strong approval for plans for a multi-million euro upgrade of the N21.
Seamus Collins of the N21 Barnagh Action Group, who have been energetically campaigning for road safety works since last year, said that the group have given their backing to the proposals.
“The plans are excellent, everything we were hoping for. The worst of the accidents take place on the narrowest stretch of the road there, where there’s no margin for error if something happens. The new road will do the right thing - it’ll take out all of those bends and make it safer for everyone,” he said
In 2010 Tim Lane, Liva Eglite, Tommy Holmes, Tommy Murphy and Richard Furey all lost their lives on the N21 near Barnagh, earning it the dubious distinction of being one of the most dangerous roads in the country.
Accidents are a frequent occurrence on the road, particularly beyond the staggered junction at Garryduff cross. In the past week alone, at least three noteworthy collisions have taken place, without any serious injuries.
The new road, which has been designed by Kilgallen and partners consulting engineers, will be a new, separate carriageway running alongside the existing N21, which will replace dangerous bends and junctions, while providing new slip and overtaking lanes.
The plans are on public display in Newcastle West and Dooradoyle for a further five weeks.
Limerick County Council hope that work on the road could begin as early as March 2012, and would be completed within a year.