A CRASH involving an An Post van and another car at the Devon Road cross near Abbeyfeale this week highlights the need for urgent road safety measures there, members of the public and local politicians believe.
The collision took place at around midday on Monday, in which both vehicles sustained serious damage and traffic restrictions had to be put in place. No one was seriously injured in the accident.
The incident comes amid further calls for the National Roads Authority (NRA) to carry out a review of traffic calming measures on the N21 between Abbeyfeale and Templeglantine.
Local resident JJ O’Shaughnessy, who contacted the Limerick Leader to voice his concerns, said that existing measures at Devon Road cross and Mount Mahon are dangerous for motorists and cyclists.
“The traffic calming at Devon Road cross, a most dangerous junction, has created a serious safety hazard for traffic approaching the junction uphill from the direction of where the creamery once stood. “A motorist is forced by concrete obstructions on the left of the junction to drive straight on to the N21 at right angles, despite the fact that there is a seriously restricted view to the right.
“I invite the NRA or the County Council... to review the above safety hazards – and, please, take the trouble to drive through the hazards – not just study a map on the side of the road”.
Mr O’Shaughnessy said added that traffic calming works at Mount Mahon, Abbeyfeale, near the entrance to the industrial estate, have “flimsy, yellow, vertical strip-signs on the edges of the concrete slab” which “creates a real danger of death or serious injury to cyclists” who are forced to cycle out on to the road to negotiate them.
Fine Gael county councillor Damien Riedy, who witnessed Monday’s crash, said that it was “the latest in a series of accidents that have taken place at this junction in recent months”.
“It’s time for the council to take action before we have a far more tragic accident at the cross.”
Cllr Riedy said that he intends to raise the issue at a Newcastle West local area meeting this Friday, and that he would also lobby the NRA, who have overall responsibility for national primary and secondary roads.
“There are also visibility issues which should be something that the council can address fairly promptly. Although it might not seem like too major an issue now, some simple corrective measures could prevent a tragedy in the future”.
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