Road up­grades are still sought

Bray People - - Report Council -

DE­LAYS in vi­tal up­grades to the most danger­ous stretch of road in the county have been blamed for al­most daily road traf­fic ac­ci­dents in cer­tain sec­tions.

At this week’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil mem­bers were in­formed that a study of the sec­tion of road be­tween Ark­low and Rath­new must be car­ried out be­fore long awaited works can com­mence. The study it­self would cost in the re­gion of an es­ti­mated € 150,000.

‘This is the fourth or fifth year that we have re­ceived the very same prom­ises and noth­ing has hap­pened,’ said Cllr. Nicky Kelly.

‘There have been count­less se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents af­ter which we get croc­o­dile tears from the gov­ern­ment and then noth­ing hap­pens. We must be re­al­is­tic. Now with mas­sive cuts it won’t be done in the short term. We are fool­ing our­selves as this is only a ploy,’ he added.

Cllr. Jimmy O’Shaug­nessy was of a sim­i­lar opin­ion and told fel­low mem­bers not to be fooled.

‘We will see more fatal­i­ties there. Th­ese stud­ies are only a waste of pub­lic fund­ing. I doubt Min­is­ter Gorm­ley will be down on his bi­cy­cle to see the state of the N11.’

Di­rec­tor of Ser­vices Sea­mus Walker in­formed mem­bers that a sci­en­tific study is re­quired to iden­tify prob­lems and so­lu­tions.

‘I am op­ti­mistic that we will not be led up the hill to be marched back down again. We will know when the bud­get is out. We are go­ing ahead on the ba­sis that we will build the road. I will keep go­ing un­til I am told I can­not go any fur­ther,’ he said, as he urged mem­bers not to lose all hope.

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