CONTROVERSIAL plans to replace the Shannon roundabout with a set of traffic lights as part of the city’s new orbital route has been deferred by Limerick City Council.
The opening of the Limerick Tunnel which has resulted in a dramatic decline in traffic volumes in the city has given the local authority major scope to upgrade this entrance to the city, and the council wanted to replace the roundabout which links the Shannon Bridge with the Dock Road with traffic lights.
When the proposed development was first mooted, councillors were told that the roundabout had “outgrown its usefulness as a traffic management tool” and a controlled junction would allow for better traffic management. It appears the city council has done a U-turn on the proposed change to the city’s road infrastructure and has opted to defer the change indefinitely.
Soft landscaping work will still proceed at the junction.
The vast majority of councillors expressed their opposition to the proposal. During a heated discussion on the issue last year, Cllr John Gilligan said the city engineers “seem to have a mania” about traffic lights and he said replacing the Shannon roundabout with traffic lights would, in his view, be a “backward step.”
Cllr Maurice Quinlivan said residents on the northside of the city had huge concerns over the impact of the proposed change and he said: “If it is not broken, don’t fix it.”