Res­i­dents call for speed re­stric­tion at Steel­roe as new sec­tion about to open

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - By SINEAD KELLE­HER

SPEED lim­its on main road from Mill­town to Kil­lor­glin will not be re­duced, that’s de­spite pleas by lo­cal res­i­dents who fear that some­one will be killed if safety con­cerns are not ad­dressed.

The new im­prove­ment works on the main N70 in­clude an im­proved sur­face and straighter road which will ul­ti­mately mean in­creased speeds by mo­torists, po­ten­tially putting lives in dan­ger.

The speed limit in the area is 100kmph, how­ever res­i­dents of Steel­roe are calling for an 80kmph speed limit from Kennedy’s Cross to An Ban­sha as it is very dif­fi­cult for cars from side roads and drive­ways to emerge onto the main road.

Con­cerns were also raised by res­i­dent Claire O’Sul­li­van, about the new road align­ment which has been changed from a dou­ble white line to a bro­ken while line at this lo­ca­tion and the res­i­dents are calling for this to be re­versed.

“Three peo­ple have been killed at this spot. We don’t want it to hap­pen again,” said He­len O’Sul­li­van, who was also part of a dep­u­ta­tion that had raised the is­sue at a South and West Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­trict meet­ing held in Kil­lor­glin on Fri­day.

The re­moval of a ditch near Steel­roe would also help, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal res­i­dents.

The dep­u­ta­tion was led by Cllr Mike O’Shea.

Cllr John Fran­cis Flynn also raised con­cerns about the road re­align­ment on new roads as many are be­ing changed when works are be­ing com­pleted and he said that ac­tion has to be taken to pre­vent an­other fa­tal­ity.

Cllr Johnny Healy Rae also queried this, say­ing: “they make the road fit the book rather than the book fit the road”.

“They are op­er­at­ing out of the book but they have no idea what the stretch of road is like,” he added.

Se­nior Ex­ec­u­tive En­gi­neer, Padraic Tea­han, said that Trans­port In­fra­struc­ture Ire­land (TII) is re­spon­si­ble for the speed limit and that it would be re­main at 100kmph. The TII is also re­spon­si­ble for the road align­ment and there­fore the bro­ken white line will not be changed, he added.

How­ever, he said there are plans for a cy­cle­way and foot­path which will ad­dress some safety is­sues and that these works will lead to the re­moval of the ditch.

Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Cllrs Michael O’Shea and John Fran­cis Flynn with res­i­dents Michael Cur­ran, He­len O’Sul­li­van, Jackie Na­gle, Jerry and Anne Casey, Mike O’Shea, Claire O’Sul­li­van, Der­mot Mur­phy, Sean McKenna, Gret­tie Cur­ran, Breda Lang­ford and Ge­orgie O’Shea at Steel­roe, Kil­lor­glin on the main Kil­lor­glin-Mill­town Road where res­i­dents have safety con­cerns.

Sec­ond class pupil MIa Hunt, Scoil Naomh Eirc in Ard­fert, was ‘Ju­nior County Win­ner’ in the lead­ing na­tional art com­pe­ti­tion ‘Some­one Like Me’

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