Call for more details about road closure

Call for more details about road closure
Gene Yore gene.yore@dundalkdemocrat.ie DundalkDemocrat

Sinn Féin Cllr Tom Cunningham has called for more detailed information on plans to divert traffic as major road realignment is carried out at Blakestown Cross outside Ardee.

€1.6 million will be spend on the road to make it safer. It has been the scene of fatal accidents in the past.

“This work promises to improve visibility for drivers as the hill will be taken away and will make it safer for those turning onto the main road on both sides,” Cllr Cunningham said.

“The works will mean a full road closure of three months and we need to ensure certain basic precautions are in place before this goes ahead.

“My colleague Pearse McGeough and I had a meeting with Louth County Council officials and raised a number of issues.

“For example, there will be weight restrictions of HGVs on by-roads but we need to ensure gardaí are prepared and ready to enforce these restrictions.

“We are talking about rural roads here and they were never built to accommodate huge weighty trucks even for a short time let alone cope with the increase in the numbers of general traffic that will occur.

“With the time of year in mind Cllr Cunningham also said “we will be into the dark nights soon so we need to increase visibility on the alternative route as much as we can and that will mean keeping the hedges cut back. In the cold weather we need to make sure the alternative route is well gritted.

“I think all local councillors should be kept updated on the works at every stage because like it or not, there is going to be disruption to the locals of the area and we

need to keep them informed.

“These are essential works but disruption should be kept to a minimum and sometimes communication and consultation can go a long way towards alleviating some of the stress of the situation.”