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Green light for Ballinrobe traffic alleviation


Ciara Galvin

TRAFFIC Infrastructure Ireland could fund traffic lights and alleviation works in Ballinrobe up to €100,000.
That is according to Fianna Fáil councillor Damien Ryan, who addressed a recent Community Development Committee meeting in the town. Cllr Ryan said the TII would fund alleviation works in the town in what is described by many as a ‘bottle neck’.
He told the meeting that the general consensus for alleviation of  traffic issues is for lights to be installed at ‘Staunton’s Corner’ on Glebe Street where traffic currently has to stop, giving oncoming traffic coming from Watson’s Lane and the Convent Rd.
Traffic coming from Ballinrobe Secondary School and St Joseph’s PS was also highlighted as a major issue.
Cllr Ryan stated that there is a plan currently being worked on, with internal alleviation measures to be put in place, ie, lights at the critical point in town, at Staunton’s Corner and possibly the junction in Cornmarket across from Supermac’s.
Cllr Ryan said he would ‘not settle for anything less than mid-year for this to be put in place’.
“I will try and get it built and operational as fast as I can,” the councillor stated.
The meeting was also informed that roadworks which were to be undertaken in December and postponed due to the Christmas festival, will now take place at the end of this month and will see streets including Main Street and Bridge Street be resurfaced.
Committee member Tom Tiernan raised concerns over the speed cars are travelling at on the Convent Road in the town and called for another speed ramp further out the road.  Cllr Ryan agreed this was an issue and that there was a need for another ramp possibly at Ballinrobe Secondary School.

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