Coun­cil will fix Oak­park car sen­sors


The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By SI­MON BROUDER

KERRY County Coun­cil is tak­ing ac­tion to fix a prob­lem at the Oak­park Road and Killeen Road junc­tion whereby ve­hi­cle sen­sors linked to the traf­fic lights aren’t cor­rectly aligned with the road mark­ings.

The misalign­ment means that when ve­hi­cles pull up ahead of the white lines at the junc­tion, they often don’t travel far enough for­ward to ac­ti­vate the elec­tric traf­fic light sen­sors buried in the road sur­face.

The traf­fic lights at the junc­tion are de­signed to take ac­count of traf­fic flows – with pri­or­ity given to traf­fic on the busy Oak­park Road – and when cars don’t pass over the sen­sors it can lead to de­lays, and lengthy tail­backs, on the Killeen Road.

Labour Cllr Terry O’Brien raised the is­sue at Mon­day’s monthly meet­ing of the Tralee Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict (TMD) coun­cil where he pressed man­age­ment to re­solve the on­go­ing prob­lem.

Coun­cil man­age­ment said that the TMD Op­er­a­tions De­part­ment is aware of the is­sue and that ad­di­tional ‘loop de­tec­tors’ – the sen­sors – have been put in place at the junc­tion to en­sure bet­ter traf­fic flow.

In ad­di­tion, a line mark­ing con­trac­tor has been hired to im­prove the road mark­ings in the area to more clearly de­fine the stop line and en­sure ve­hi­cles ap­proach­ing at the junc­tion ac­ti­vate the sen­sors.

A spe­cially in­stalled traf­fic light sen­sor at the en­trance to a pri­vate res­i­dence lo­cated im­me­di­ately off the junc­tion will also be ex­am­ined to en­sure it is not hav­ing any neg­a­tive im­pact on traf­fic flow and that road users and the prop­erty owner can use the junc­tion safely.

Mean­while, Cllr O’Brien has again called for ur­gent safety works to be car­ried out at the Low Field/Basin View junc­tion which he has de­scribed as the most dan­ger­ous junc­tion in Tralee.

Man­age­ment said that ad­di­tional ‘slow’ mark­ings have been painted along the Basin Road ap­proach to the junc­tion.

Cllr O’Brien be­lieves more needs to be done.

“Usu­ally in the morn­ing it’s bonkers. It’s so busy it’s crazy. It needs some­thing. Peo­ple are tak­ing a chance there. It’s a very dan­ger­ous junc­tion,” he said.

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