Authorities feeling heat as N11 plans face scrapheap
SAFETY CONCERNS COUNCILLOR SAYS NRA AND DEPARTMENT NOT CLUED IN
THE National Roads Authority and Department of Transport have been told they need to both seriously re-examine their road safety priorities after announcing that vital upgrades from the Beehive past Jack Whites on the N11 won’t be going ahead.
Cllr. Conal Kavanagh feels that neither the NRA or the Department fully understand the safety concerns and issues which plague regular users of the road on a daily basis.
The tendering process was due to start either at the end of the year or beginning of next year but Wicklow County Council was told to halt the process due to commitments to other projects which had already commenced.
The single lane section from the Beehive just past Jack Whites remains the only uncompleted section of the N11.
‘It’s disappointing to say the least, but not surprising,’ says Cllr. Kavanagh.
‘There is a huge risk factor on that section of the road and now it isn’t going to be remedied. People who use the road regularly, or who live adjacent to it are exposed to a great risk but no-one at the department or the NRA seems to appreciate the seriousness of the situation.’
Funding had been made available for the works a number of years ago, but was withdrawn and transferred to another project in Waterford instead.
Now there could be another wait of three to four years before any funding becomes available, while the NRA continue to push to upgrade parts of the N11 to motorway status.
‘That would send out such a bad signal to bad drivers, especially going through Barndarrig,’ insists Cllr. Kavanagh.
‘The Department of Transport is so disorganised regarding the N11 and yet can’t seem to see that dangerous link, which is very scary.
‘Some sort of external examination needs to take place so they can get to the bottom of where the main priorities are for road safety issues in Ireland.’
Children from St Mary’s National School in Barndarrig have to cross the busy N11 to get the bus home.