THE village of Castletown is like Las Vegas compared with a dark junction near Borris-in-Ossory.
Cllr Conor Bergin made the unlikely comparison as councillors urgently called for street lighting at the busy Derrin Cross junction.
“Pike of Rushall and Castletown are really well lit up. They’re like Las Vegas or Reno compared to this junction, where there is only one street light,” he told a meeting of Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District.
The issue was raised by cllr James Kelly, who proposed that the council seek funding to provide street lighting at the “very busy junction” of Derrin Cross.
Cllr Kelly said: “There’s only one light there. I drove it the other night and it is pure black. Then you suddenly come on top of traffic. It’s an accident waiting to happen. It needs at least eight to ten lights there to make that junction safe.”
Cllr Kelly pointed out that Derrin Cross is located on a particularly busy road, which is a gateway for traffic driving from the west to the southeast of Ireland. He said: “About 50% of traffic that comes to Borris-in-Ossory comes off that road. From the Pike of Rushall to Mountrath there are about 86 lights, but there’s only one at this junction and it needs to be addressed.”
His proposal was seconded by cllr Bergin, who remarked that villages such as Pike of Rushall and Castletown are so brightly lit that they are like Las Vegas, and Derrin Cross needs the same treatment. He said: “I drive through this junction twice a day and there is a steady stream of cars trying to merge at once. As well as lighting, perhaps line markings could be looked at, too.”
Senior engineer Adrian Barrett replied that the council’s road design section would arrange an on-site meeting with cllr Kelly to review issues at the Derrin Cross junction.