Traffic calming measures planned for busy Limerick route

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Minister Paschal Donohue looks over a drawing with Cllr Eddie Ryan and Tim Fitzgerald, senior engineer with Limerick City and County Council
The reduction of vehicle speeds as a result of new traffic calming measures being introduced as part of the N24 Dromkeen Scheme will provide immediate safety benefits for the local community as well as all road users on the route, says local councillor Eddie Ryan.

The reduction of vehicle speeds as a result of new traffic calming measures being introduced as part of the N24 Dromkeen Scheme will provide immediate safety benefits for the local community as well as all road users on the route, says local councillor Eddie Ryan.

During his whistlestop tour of Limerick on Monday, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, was briefed at Pallasgreen Community Centre on the start of the construction of the €0.5m N24 Dromkeen Traffic Calming Scheme, located approximately 15km south-east of Limerick city on the N24 Limerick to Waterford national road.

The scheme involves the construction of traffic calming gateways, traffic calming islands, footpaths and bus bays, as well as the modification of an existing minor junction, the provision of additional public lighting and drainage works.

Construction works are planned to be completed by June 2015.

Welcoming the construction of the scheme, Cllr Eddie Ryan, cathaoirleach of the Cappamore-Kilmallock municipal district, said the objective of the traffic calming scheme is to improve safety for all road users, including vulnerable road users.

“The works will be spread over a distance of approximately 1km and consist of measures to aid traffic calming and improve road safety,” Cllr Ryan outlined.

“This includes the construction of two traffic calming gateways, the installation of traffic calming islands and build-outs, the installation of footpaths, kerbing and two bus bays, the modification of an existing minor junction, the provision of lighting and drainage and various other minor ancillary works associated with these works.

“The N24 main road is busy at this location with a two-way annual average daily traffic in excess of 15,000 vehicles per day so I’m delighted that these improvements are now getting underway.”The works will also include the reduction in the speed limit to 60kph.