Friday, May 10, 2019

TRAFFIC speeds are being recorded on a road beside a Portarlington housing estate, following complaints from residents and councillors.

A traffic counter to monitor speed has been installed by Laois County Council on the road beside the Lough Gate housing development off the Lea Road.

The move follows a proposal from cllr Tom Mulhall, who called for traffic-calming measures on the busy road.

At the latest meeting of Graiguecullen-Portarlington Municipal District, area engineer Darren Coss said the council would examine options for traffic calming, depending on the results of the traffic counter. He said: “If speeds are in excess of the current speed regulations, the area office will look into options to remediate the problem.”

Welcoming the move, cllr Mulhall said the monitor would undoubtedly find excessive speeds and the road would become even busier following the opening of a new business. He added that line markings need to be upgraded and one or two speed ramps should be installed.

He was supported by cllr Aidan Mullins, who said the new business would bring a lot of heavy vehicles onto the road. He added: “Residents use the footpath there and traffic-calming measures are needed.”

The traffic counter was due to be installed last week and it is expected that the results will be brought to a council meeting later in the year.

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