N17 road junc­tion is a ‘mon­stros­ity’

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

A junc­tion off the N17 to Tem­ple­house ho­tel near Bal­ly­mote has been made even more dan­ger­ous since Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII) changed its lay­out.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Fine Gael Coun­cil­lor Dara Mul­vey who urged both the Coun­cil and TII to re-ex­am­ine the re­cently con­structed works at the junc­tion.

Cllr Mul­vey said that in the last two weeks alone, two fur­ther ac­ci­dents had oc­curred there, with one mo­torist hav­ing to be cut out of the car.

“Lo­cal and visit­ing mo­torists are find­ing it in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to get safely across and onto this stretch of road due to poor sight lines and vis­i­bil­ity, and due to ex­ces­sive speed of on­com­ing traf­fic,” he said.

Cllr Mul­vey added that the signs needed to be ad­dressed also. “Res­i­dents are hav­ing to de­tour up to 3kms to avoid this stretch of road. A 100 yards be­fore the junc­tion there’s a sign with 100km on it,” he said.

He has sent a let­ter to the TII on be­half of the res­i­dents “se­ri­ous con­cerns” who want the mat­ter ad­dressed be­fore there is a fa­tal­ity.

In­de­pen­dent Cllr Mar­garet Gorm­ley said she too had been con­tacted by res­i­dents about this junc­tion: “What TII put there is an added prob­lem.”

“Peo­ple are putting their lives at risk to turn right. There is no vis­i­bil­ity what­so­ever on the right,” she said.

“TII put this mon­stros­ity in place. The vis­i­bil­ity com­ing from Tem­ple­house is non-ex­is­tant,” she added.

Di­rec­tor of Services Tom Kil­feather ad­mit­ted there were “par­tic­u­lar prob­lems at the junc­tion with re­gard to sight­lines.”

He said some land ac­qui­si­tion was re­quired to im­prove the sight­lines and the Coun­cil would make fur­ther ef­forts to im­prove these.

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