Road upgrades are still sought
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.