Plea for road­side lights at Pil­town junc­tion

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By HU­BERT MUR­PHY

MA­JOR con­cerns have again been ex­pressed about the turn onto the Pil­town Road from the Dublin Road at Smith­stown.

There have been on­go­ing calls for lights to be erected at the lo­ca­tion as driv­ers find it hard to judge the junc­tion in dark­ness.

But Meath CC say there’s been no ac­ci­dents re­ported there since 2003 .

Speak­ing at the area coun­cil meet­ing, Cllr Eimear Ferguson said there has been nu­mer­ous close shaves and she said lo­cal peo­ple wanted ac­tion.

She said she had been rais­ing the is­sue for years.

En­gi­neer Christy Clarke said that def­i­ni­tion poles had been erected and a re-align­ment done.

But there were also con­cerns that if the junc­tion is made even more ac­ces­si­ble, that it will be used a lot more as a di­rect route to Bet­tys­town, in­stead of us­ing the road at Colpe.

‘It could make things worse and cre­ate an even big­ger prob­lem,’ he said. The coun­cil have con­cerns about the road and its abil­ity to take large num­beers of ve­hi­cles.

‘ There are 2,000 mem­bers of the St Colm­cille’s, so it is busy al­ready,’ Cllr Ferguson ar­gued.

Di­rec­tor of Fi­nance Fiona Law­less said the call for road­side lights had been made but was un­suc­cess­ful.

It was stated that a traf­fic count may take place on the route to check how busy it is.

Cllr Stephen Mc­Kee said he had also re­ceived rep­re­sen­ta­tions about the junc­tion and felt it needed to be in­ves­ti­gated.

The busy junc­tion for the Pil­town Road.

The con­tro­ver­sial junc­tion for the L5615

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