No support for bridge warning signs

No support for bridge warning signs
A councillor’s call to erect warning signs alerting lorry drivers about the height of the rail bridge at Pill Road in Carrick-on-Suir, at major junctions near Kilsheelan and Waterford City, hasn’t secured the support of the Town Engineer.

A councillor’s call to erect warning signs alerting lorry drivers about the height of the rail bridge at Pill Road in Carrick-on-Suir, at major junctions near Kilsheelan and Waterford City, hasn’t secured the support of the Town Engineer.

Cllr Margaret Croke tabled a motion at this month’s Town Council meeting appealing to the local authority to write to the National Roads Authority requesting the erection of the signage at Kilheffernan Roundabout and Granagh Junctions.

She said a driver transporting a load of hay from Waterford Port to Tralee recently found he was unable to go under the Pill Road rail bridge when he reached it and didn’t know what alternative route to go. A week later a truck carrying four diggers had difficulty at the bridge.

Town Engineer Eoin Powell responded that he would write to the NRA about this matter but he believed it was unlikely it would agree to the request as the bridge’s height at 4.54ms would not be considered low. He pointed out that the NRA might not consider it useful or helpful to erect warning signs at these locations because of their distance from Carrick-on-Suir.

This was a view Mr Powell personally held. Lorry drivers would forget about the warning by the time they get to Carrick, he argued. “The Kilheffernan Roundabout is too far away from Carrick. We had flashing signs outside Carrick Garda Station and they (lorries) still hit the bridge.”

Mr Powell said if lorries were hitting the bridge, their drivers were not paying attention to the heights of their loads.

The Council does plan to erect more warning signs. Mr Powell said he knew roughly where to erect them. The Council was getting an NRA approved system, which he considered to be very good.