Limerick Councillors raise concerns over ‘dangerous junctions’ with NRA

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

DANGEROUS junctions, inadequate signage and a lack of proper lighting on roadways were just some of the issues raised by a delegation from Limerick County Council who travelled to Dublin this week to meet representatives from the NRA.

DANGEROUS junctions, inadequate signage and a lack of proper lighting on roadways were just some of the issues raised by a delegation from Limerick County Council who travelled to Dublin this week to meet representatives from the NRA.

Cathaoirleach of Limerick County Council, Jerome Scanlan, joined Paul Crowe, director of transportation, water and emergency Services, Limerick County Council, as well as a number of councillors including John Sheahan, Patrick Fitzgerald, John Egan, Tomas Hannon and Mike Donegan for the two hour meeting.

Cllr Mike Donegan raised concerns over O’Rourke’s Cross in Bruree and urged the NRA to give the green light for an extension of the 60km speed limit which was introduced last year.

“The council have made representations to the NRA to extend it 100 metres on either side so we want to get approval on that. They said they would review the junction and look at it,” said Cllr Donegan.

“In the short term we have to do something. What we are trying to do is replicate what is happening in Banogue. The NRA extended the speed limit in Banogue three or four years ago,” he continued.

Long term, the ideal situation, according to the Kilmallock-based councillor, would be to have a roundabout built.

“The information I received from the gardai last year was that there were 19 accidents between 2000 and 2009 and that’s what I highlighted,” he explained.

The lack of signage on the M7 for Castleconnell, the re-alignment of the junction at Anhid Cross and the need for safety barriers and a wall at Ferrybridge near Kildimo were also discussed during the meeting which took place at the NRA head offices in Dublin.

“The N20 Anhid Cross junction on the Limerick to Cork road is a major worry for motorists travelling this road on a daily basis,” said Cllr Patrick Fitzgearld who raised the issue at the meeting.

“Major traffic flows have to navigate this national route and many motorists travelling the Granagh, West Limerick route have had many experiences of near misses due to the poor visibility where no lighting has been installed at this dangerous junction,” he continued.

“Local councillors and Limerick County Council engineers made a strong case to the management of the NRA to put in place a safety structure to avoid accidents and fatalities at the Anhid Cross junction,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bruff-based councillor, Bill O’Donnell, has asked the public to be patient with regard to the present condition of roads in the county.

“The amount of rain that has fallen has caused a lot of damage to our roads. Unfortunately there is the added problem of the delay which it is causing to our Road Works Programme,” said Cllr O’Donnell. “In particular, the weather has prevented progress in our surface dressing programme where only 20% of the scheduled works have been completed. Thankfully, we are full steam ahead with road reconstruction which is not so weather dependant and at 90% complete, is well on target,” he pointed out.