CLLR Willie Aird has said that a meeting between himself and a council engineer “to identify the exact location for an initial design of a pedestrian crossing means that he’s giving us the green light to go ahead with it”.
That was the Portlaoise councillor’s interpretation of the reply to his request for the installation of a pedestrian crossing on the Rathleague Road at Portlaoise GAA Club.
In a written reply to cllr Aird’s request, the acting senior executive engineer Farhan Nasiem said: “Road design will arrange a meeting with the councillor to identify the exact location for an initial design of this pedestrian crossing.”
Cllr Aird said: “So I can take it from that reply that it means that he’s giving us the green light to go ahead with it. There’s a huge amount of people who walk and cycle out that way. Putting a pedestrian crossing on the road would be ideal. I’d like to see it up and running for the summer of 2020.”
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald said: “It would be great to get a pedestrian crossing there for that area. There’s a fierce crowd going out there and a pedestrian crossing would be very welcome.”