TRAFFIC problems at one of the busiest junctions in Abbeyfeale need to be tackled as soon as possible as they are causing massive disruption, a local councillor believes.
Cllr Francis Foley has requested that Limerick County Council install a yellow box at Joy’s corner, as existing problems for cars attempting to turn on to Main Street from the Listowel and Athea sides has “gotten worse”.
Cllr Foley said that traffic is “very, very heavy in the mornings”, particularly since the new Colaiste Ide agus Iosef secondary school opened last week.
He made the request at a Newcastle West local area committee meeting this Wednesday morning.
Senior engineer Jimmy Condon said that the council have been aware of the traffic issue at the junction for a long time, but so far attempts to find a lasting solution have been unsuccessful.
Mr Condon told the meeting that a number of years ago the council has secured funding to install traffic lights there, but “all hell broke loose” amid local opposition, and the plans did not proceed.
Mr Condon said that Joy’s corner is still “a difficult junction”, and traffic lights could still be explored as a possibility in future.
Cllr Liam Galvin said that experience has shown that “traffic lights on a national primary road don’t work”, and other options need to be considered.
Mr Condon said that the matter can be referred back to the county council’s roads department in Dooradoyle.
Meanwhile, Cllr Galvin has sought the removal of the loading bay outside Ladbroke’s bookmakers in Abbeyfeale.
He said that while the bay “was warranted” when it was first built, it could now be put to better use by converting it into on-street car parking.
“Most people want it removed. It will benefit everybody to have more parking available for people coming in to Abbeyfeale”, he added.