NEWS spread like ‘wildfire’ in Robeen last Saturday morning that funding of €175,000 had been granted for work on a new junction for the area.
Locals welcomed the news, after a campaign to address the junction was undertaken following a near-fatal two car collision which occurred on November 12 last.
Local councillor Patsy O’Brien announced the funding on Friday night last.
Large numbers had attended an emergency meeting and a petition was signed by hundreds of people following the crash, asking for the ‘notorious crossing’ to be addressed.
Speaking to The Mayo News, Cllr O’Brien said the proposed junction layout will consist of ancillary works, the raising of a road and other works which will result in a ‘completely new junction’.
Cllr O’Brien has said talks have started with landowners in relation to land requirement to accommodate the new layout.
“Feedback has been very positive from the community and I’d like to thank Minister Ring and all the councillors who supported us on this,” he said. There is not yet an indication of a timeline for works.
He continued: “I’m delighted, I thought it might be two phases, but it could be on the cards to do the whole job. It [the road] will be going away from the play school which should be a help.”
Local campaigner for works on the junction, Pat McGovern, said he was ‘delighted with the quick action’.
“We’re grateful to the councillors, the local authority and Minister Ring, who I believe was influential in fast- tracking this, and people who highlighted the dangerous junction.”
He added, “It’s a sign of co-operation at its best and common sense prevailing.”
Meanwhile, Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural and Community Development has received confirmation that funding of over €23 million has been allocated for roads and bridges in the county. This is part of a €417 million national investment programme for 2018 for regional and local roads. Cllr O’Brien outlined some projects including €50,000 for a new junction layout near The Mart in Ballinrobe, €40,000 for the R345 from Cong to Cross and €50,000 for safety works on the R328 at Irishtown.