A DANGEROUS junction on the N69 is to be reconfigured at a cost of â‚¬250,000.
A new design has been drawn up for the junction at Robertstown Cross, the turn-off from the N69 to Creeves, Newbridge and Rathkeale.
The design involves moving the junction about 30 metres farther east and closer to Robertstown church.
The reason, engineer Ger Liston told Rathkeale area councillors, is to improve visibility.
Visibility for anyone approaching from the west is very poor, he said.
It is also difficult for traffic exiting the junction to see traffic coming from the west. The new exit on to the N69 will mean that about 100 metres of the old road will be grassed over and the ground to the west lowered to improve visibility.
Welcoming the new design, Cllr John Sheahan said it will certainly improve the situation. â€œAnybody coming from the Foynes direction and trying to turn off were sitting ducks. It was very late before people behind saw them,â€ he said.
The N69 however is too narrow to allow a traffic island for turning, Cllr Stephen Keary was told.
â€œIt is something badly needed,â€ Cllr Kevin Sheahan said.
The project complements work being done on another stretch of the N69, the bad bend at Bolane, he added.
The matter must now go before a meeting of the full council for ratification before work can begin and the council must also vote on the extinguishing of the right of way along the 100 metres of old road,