Road signs overgrown with weeds in Limerick are death traps - councillors

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Road signs overgrown with weeds in Limerick are death traps - councillors
OVERGROWN hedges and weeds are making road junctions death traps, say councillors.

OVERGROWN hedges and weeds are making road junctions death traps, say councillors.

The issue was raised by Cllr Noel Gleeson at a Castleconnell electoral area meeting.

Cllr Gleeson said he came across council staff carrying out roadworks in recent weeks.

“It was taking them two hours to put up the bollards and two hours to take them down. All this health and safety - what about the health and safety of road users?

“Some signs for junctions are unbelievable with the overgrowth, they are full of yellow briars. It is very dangerous,” said Cllr Gleeson.

John Sheehan, roads engineer, said there are currently two work gangs going around the county to improve the situation.

Cllr Gleeson welcomed this and said in the interest of safety something had to be done.

“It is the time of year when we have visitors and they could easily drive across a junction because they can’t see the sign. They genuinely don’t know,” said Mr Gleeson.

Cllr Eddie Wade said he had noticed a lot of overgrowth on yield and stop signs.

“It’s causing major problems,” said Cllr Wade.

Cllr Brigid Teefy said white weed was everywhere following the improvement of the weather a few weeks ago.

Cllr John Egan queried why the council’s gangs of workers didn’t spray total weed killer.

“That kills the weeds completely. If you cut them they come back in a week. That should be considered,” said Cllr Egan. Mr Sheehan said the problem with that is there are often houses with nice hedges and gardens located near junctions.

“We have had experience of hedgerows being badly damaged and have got complaints. You have to pick and choose,” said Mr Sheehan.

Councillors also expressed concern over faded road markings.

“A lot of white lines have been worn away,” said Cllr Gleeson.

Mr Sheehan said council staff were addressing the situation and “will get to as many as we possibly can”.