Pedestrian crossings for Blackrock school

Traffic calming

Pedestrian crossings for Blackrock school
By Janet Johnston @DundalkDemocrat

Works to install two pedestrian crossings on the Rock Road in the vicinity of St Francis School Blackrock are set to start.

Councillor Maria Doyle, who liaised with the Board of Management and the Parents Committee of the school and Louth County Council on this issue for some time, has welcomed the scheme and has voiced her gratitude to the council staff who have brought the project to fruition.

“These crossings are necessary and should make it much safer for children walking to and from school, especially in the winter months,” Cllr Doyle said.

“The Rock Road is a very busy road and it is my understanding that there have been a couple of near misses. From the time I approached the council engineers about the need for a safe crossing outside St. Francis, they have been very helpful in bringing this proposal forward.

“Where there are schools, there should always be safe crossing points, in my opinion.”

The works will include two crossings with flashing beacons and speed cushions to slow traffic on approach to the crossings.

The council had established that pedestrian crossings facilities and traffic calming measures are warranted on the Rock Road adjacent to St Francis National School.

A preliminary design was prepared and was circulated to the members of the Dundalk Municipal Council for their observations. It is those plans that will now go ahead.