A Fianna Fail councillor has criticised Carrick Town Council over what he sees as the lack of urgency it is showing towards the erection of new signage warning lorry drivers of the height of the town’s Pill Road railway bridge.
Cllr Kieran Bourke clashed with Town Engineer Eoin Powell at the Town Council’s April meeting after the engineer informed him funding had been set aside for the signs and they would be erected as soon as he could get around to the job.
Cllr Bourke said this was not good enough as it was a major health and safety issue in Carrick-on-Suir.
In January last year, Cllr Bourke warned the Town Council someone will be killed at this railway bridge if action wasn’t taken to improve the signage warning lorry drivers of the bridge’s height.
He denounced the existing warning signs as “absolutely deplorable” and “mickey mouse”
At the Council’s latest meeting, he pointed out that yet another articulated truck struck the bridge a few weeks ago, causing several hours of traffic tailbacks.
It was a very serious issue, he argued, and shouldn’t be put on the long finger. Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Liam Walsh also asked Mr Powell to prioritise the signage.
Mr Powell said he couldn’t do the work for the next few weeks because he was doing the roadworks programme at the moment.
He was not sure erecting new warning signs would solve the problem. Trucks travelling from the Clonmel Road still hit the bridge despite the fact there was a flashing warning sign near Carrick Garda Station.
“How much bigger a sign do you need,” he asked.
He argued it was the truck drivers’ responsibility to drive with a load lower than the height of the bridge.
Independent Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald agreed. The Council didn’t cause the problem, it was drivers not adequately informing themselves before they travelled the route, he said.