Traffic lights proposed for Clonmel’s Tivoli Bridge

A traffic lights system has been proposed for a busy bridge located near residential areas, which is hazardous for pedestrians.

A traffic lights system has been proposed for a busy bridge located near residential areas, which is hazardous for pedestrians.

Tivoli Bridge, located near Slievenamon Road, Brookway Estate and The Chase in Clonmel, currently operates a two-lane system but with no footpath, or space for pedestrians, it can be dangerous, especially during busy periods.

If approved the new system will be similar to that on Sir Thomas’s Bridge, with traffic moving from one side at a time.

Traffic lights will be operated by looped detectors, sensitive to traffic on the road, Borough Engineer Jonathan Cooney has stated. There will also be an additional detector that will eliminate any possibility of cars backed up onto the N24 bypass.

The limited width of the bridge means that a footpath cannot be built but instead there will be markings and bollards to its western side, making it safer for pedestrians to walk with prams.

Following representations from a number of councillors, Mr. Cooney said that the proposal for traffic lights will go on public display for a period of four weeks, with two subsequent weeks allowed for submissions from the public.

The work is estimated to cost the Borough Council in the region of €50,000.