WORK will begin within a fortnight on a stretch of the N21 which has been the scene of a number of fatalities over the past 20 years. The work, commissioned by the National Roads Authority, will involve traffic-calming measures along an 800metre stretch of the main N21 road at Croagh and comes after extensive consultation with the local community.
The roadworks will also involve new access and exit arrangements for the village.
The new traffic flow will mean that traffic coming from Adare will no longer be able to turn right at the first, eastern approach to the village. Instead, traffic will have to continue to the main junction to enter the village or to the next junction, the D&M Garden Centre, where a right-turn will be allowed. There will be no change for traffic coming from the west.
Funding of €430,000 for the project has been allocated by the National Roads Authority and the work is expected to take six weeks.
Local councillor Stephen Keary has welcomed the project, saying it will be a huge boost for Croagh, from a safety and a commercial point of view.
The stretch of road at Croagh has been the scene of many fatal and serious accidents over the past 20 years, he said.