Council will fix Oakpark car sensors
MISALIGNED TRAFFIC SENSORS AND ROAD MARKINGS CAUSING DELAYS
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.