Plans for third lane in Kil­macanogue


Bray People - - NEWS - By MYLES BUCHANAN

PLANS are un­der way to cre­ate a third lane, separate from the main south­bound dual-car­riage­way, be­tween Bray and Kil­macanogue.

A separate 50km/h par­al­lel lane will be pro­vided from Bray south junc­tion to Kil­macanogue and all ac­cess and exit points from premises will be from that lane.

The main N11 will be sep­a­rated by a raised sec­tion and posts, with a speed limit of 80km/h or 100km/h. The cost is es­ti­mated at €2.5 mil­lion and work is ex­pected to start this year. The pro­ject aims to im­prove road safety, par­tic­u­larly by the Cir­cle K (for­merly Topaz) petrol sta­tion in Kil­macanogue.

At last Mon­day’s meet­ing of Wick­low County Coun­cil, Cllr Chris Fox ques­tioned why res­i­den­tial prop­er­ties in the area were still to ac­cess the N11 di­rectly. He felt clos­ing off di­rect ac­cess onto the N11 should have been in­cluded. How­ever, he felt the pro­posed works had some plus points.

‘It does have some pos­i­tives. There have been lots of con­cerns fol­low­ing the up­grade of the N11 and the way the road was left is not a glow­ing trib­ute to the de­sign­ers.’

Cllr Irene Win­ters, as some­one who passes that stretch of road daily on her way to work, was de­lighted with the safety mea­sures.

She said: ‘ The petrol sta­tion poses a real haz­ard. I think we should look at ex­tend­ing the cones fur­ther back so they are not at the same speed of traf­fic when ex­it­ing.’

Cllr Derek Mitchell re­quested that ac­cess would be pro­vided at the back of the houses with a new cul de sac road.

‘ There was a pro­posal a few years back to do some­thing very sim­i­lar,’ he said.

Cllr Steven Matthews also wel­comed the works as a ‘small but im­por­tant step’ but thought rear ac­cess would have been the bet­ter op­tion.

Cllr Joe Be­han also felt the safer ac­cess for res­i­dents would be rear ac­cess and asked that the works don’t take place dur­ing the busiest times of the day traf­fic-wise.

Cllr John Ryan said the res­i­dents of Kil­macanogue have to be the ‘most pa­tient’ in the coun­try.

‘Kil­mac has the dodgi­est bridge in Ire­land go­ing over that road. Kil­mac as a vil­lage was left com­pletely di­vided.’

He added: ‘Pre­vi­ously we did put for­ward this pro­posal and we were told that it can’t be done so I am glad now to see that it can ac­tu­ally be done after-all.’

Cllr Chris Fox.

Cllr Derek Mitchell.

Cllr John Ryan.

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