ACCORDING to Laois Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, progress has been made in the provision of road-safety measures at an accident black spot on the Ballacolla Road.
The section of the R443 at Middlemount has been described by public representatives over the years as “one of the most dangerous roads in the county”, with five fatalities and numerous traffic accidents occurring along a half-mile stretch in recent years.
Deputy Stanley said he was pleased to note that Laois County Council has recently erected large speed-limit signs in the area.
He also said that the council has approved the installation of speed radar flashing signs at the same location and that the council has submitted an application to the Department of Transport for €30,000 to provide additional warning signs and road safety measures in the locality.
Deputy Stanley said: “Long-overdue safety measures are now being advanced on this dangerous stretch of road. I have been highlighting the need for these and making representations to the council to have action taken at Middlemount. There have been a number of fatalities in recent years at this location and one dwelling house has been damaged by a passing vehicle.
“Laois County Council has recently erected large speed-limit signage at the Ballacolla side. They have also approved the installation of speed radar flashing signage at the same location. This is to warn drivers coming into the narrow stretch of road to slow down. The council has confirmed to me that they made an application to the Department of Transport for €30,000 to provide additional warning signs and road-safety measures in the locality.
“In the longer term, this road needs to be realigned and widened, as it is the main route across that part of south Laois. This is important from a road safety point of view, but also in terms of economic development for Rathdowney and the surrounding area.”