Council urged to create pedestrian crossing on Carrick-on-Suir's O'Mahony Ave. 

Aileen Hahesy

Reporter:

Aileen Hahesy

Cllr Kieran Bourke

Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District's chief engineer has promised to investigate the feasibility of a councillor's proposal to develop a pedestrian crossing in the middle of one of Carrick-on-Suir's busiest roads.

District Engineer Willie Corby gave this commitment at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District's latest monthly meeting in response to Cllr Kieran Bourke's call for a pedestrian crossing at O'Mahony Avenue. 

Cllr Bourke pointed out there was currently no safe crossing for pedestrians along O'Mahony Avenue. It was needed for people from residential areas like Treacy Park, Markievicz Terrace, Orchard Crescent, Clairin and Lissadel walking into the town centre and to the Presentation and Green primary schools. 

And he pointed out that a planning application for 18 houses off John Street was currently being considered by the Council's planning department. 

The Municipal District meeting heard that a proposal to develop a pedestrian crossing at O'Mahony Avenue near the junction with John Street was previously raised with the TII but rejected due to concerns about restricted sightlines.  A pedestrian crossing was instead created between O'Mahony Ave. and Carrick-on-Suir Fire Station. 

 Cllr Bourke called for the pedestrian crossing to be created instead in the middle of O'Mahony about 100ms from the John Street junction. He tabled a motion at the Municipal District's September meeting requesting the Co. Council to liaise with Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) about providing the crossing. It was seconded by fellow Carrick-on-Suir Cllr David Dunne. 

Mr Corby undertook to examine this proposal but when Cllr Bourke asked for n update on this at the start of the October meeting of the Municipal District's councillors, he admitted he didn't have a chance to look at the proposal but promised to bring the proposal to the attention of TII officials at the next meeting he had with them.  He said he would have an answer for Cllr Bourke at the November meeting. 

Council Executive Engineer Nicola Keating, meanwhile, explained that when the Council previously examined providing a pedestrian crossing at O'Mahony Avenue, they couldn't find a suitable location on the road because of the house entrances and the turn off to Mill Street. This was why they located a crossing instead at the Fire Station. If a pedestrian crossing was placed in the middle of the avenue, she wondered whether pedestrians would just ignore it and seek to cross the road closer to the junction anyway.