Thursday, April 11, 2019

DESIGNS are being drawn up for road works at a notorious blind junction in Ballinakill.

Funding has been granted for a road safety scheme this year at the dangerous junction of Chapel Street and the Durrow/Kilkenny Road.

According to Laois County Council, proposals and designs for the scheme will be drawn up in coming months and work will start on site later this year.

The news was welcomed at a meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District by cllr John Joe Fennelly, who had appealed for safety measures at the junction. He said the problem was coming up a lot with people in Ballinakill and it was about time something was done.

Cllr Fennelly said he felt a stop sign should be erected on each road at the junction. He said: “If you are coming in from the Durrow Road, you have no view whatsoever to the right-hand side. Even if a car comes out doing only 20kph, you haven’t a hope.”

Cllr Pauline Madigan asked whether a roundabout could be installed, but engineer Wes Wilkinson said there would not be enough space at the site.

Meanwhile, repairs to the stone bridge near the creamery in Spink are set to go ahead this summer or early autumn. The engineer told cllr Fennelly that consultants are carrying out an assessment and will prepare a detailed design for a vehicle restraint barrier at the bridge in Spink. He said: “It is expected that the repair works would be carried out in the third quarter of this year.”

After cllr Fennelly asked why the repairs could not go ahead earlier, the engineer explained that the project had to be risk-assessed and required expertise from outside the county council.

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By Carmel Hayes
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