Hill Street junction still a grey area

With entry to the new temporary Tesco site at the bottom of the Avenue Road, just a few metres away from traditional traffic black spot, Hill Street Bridge, there are concerns that a traffic ‘blackhole’ could be created.

With entry to the new temporary Tesco site at the bottom of the Avenue Road, just a few metres away from traditional traffic black spot, Hill Street Bridge, there are concerns that a traffic ‘blackhole’ could be created.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat Cllr Eamon O’Boyle said: “It could definitely be a traffic black spot.

“You would hope that some sort of traffic management system will be looked at in the area of the bridge and the entry to the new temporary Tesco shop.

“Maybe a redesign of the whole area will be in order once the completed shopping centre is here. Currently the council don’t have the money to the tackle this area.

“There are mixed opinions about Hill Street Bridge and whether or not it should be redesigned, some see it as an asset in the area, and think it should be kept.”

Town Engineer Catherine Duff told the Dundalk Democrat “The redevelopment of HIll street junction is required for later stages of the planning permission which is not currently being progressed by Tesco.

“The roads section will review the requirements of the planning application in regard to the temporary store to ensure compliance in regards to traffic management.”

Meanwhile, Dundalk Democrat Facebook followers voiced their opinion on the matter. Kevin Connolly commented on whether there would be traffic issues at the site that: “Almost certainly will be a nightmare.”