Fianna Fail councillor Siobhàn Ambrose has appealed to the National Roads Authority to provide funding for works to be carried out at two accident black spot locations in Kilsheelan.
Cllr. Ambrose, who has raised these two issues on several occasions, is concerned that there will be a serious accident or a fatality if something isn’t done.
The first concerns the footpath from Kilheffernan Cross into Kilsheelan Village. The problem is that motorists don’t realise that the footpath is considerably lower than the road and when attempting to pass out, cars end up mounting the high verge.
She says residents living opposite this footpath are terrified when turning into their own entrances as cars try to pass them out before realising that there is a significant drop in the footpath.
According to these residents accidents have become an all to frequent occurrance and they are deeply concerned for the safety of drivers but also walkers walking this busy footpath on a daily basis.
According to Cllr. Ambrose, “on the two last occasions that I raised this footpath issue additional bollards were erected at the verge of the footpath. The N.R.A. have approved further new lower bollards that will be erected over the coming weeks but again this is a short term problem. Unfortunately, the difficulty with bollards is that passing cars and heavy vehicles have knocked the majority of the bollards that have been erected. Personally, I believe the solution here is two fold. Firstly, should the speed limit of 100mph from Kilheffernan Cross up as far as the village be reduced to 60mph? Secondly, in order to avoid motorists mounting the footpath i think that a railing or a similar type structure should be erected at the verge of the footpath.
The second black spot area is the junction at the Ormonde Stores. This junction intersects the main N76. The difficulty here again is the speed of the traffic on the N76 particularly heavy vehicles and the difficulties this presents to motorists coming from the village/church side of the junction trying to cross to the opposite side of the road to their homes or turning right or left with the speed of the traffic. I would again ask that the speed limit of 100mph be reviewed and that the provision of a roundabout at this junction be explored as a means of slowing down the on coming traffic. Since I have highlighted these two locations I am aware that the N.R.A. Safety Officer has visited both of these locations and I hope that in conjunction with local Garda accident reports and the Council’s Road’s Section that proposals alongside funding can be secured to install the works necessary to alleviate current problem at these two locations.