Work began this week on the new pedestrian light system at the town square in Dundalk.
According to the council these works were postponed to avoid conflict with Christmas shopping activities but are now planned to proceed from next Tuesday, when the contractor will commence by extending tactile paving across the full extent of the western footpath from the Zebra Crossing to the Ulster Bank. The works are planned to take some five weeks in total with most of the works taking place on the pedestrian areas.
Last year a report into how traffic was functioning as a result of the new square layout found that there was confusion on the part of drivers who didn’t seem to fully comprehend that there were a number of pedestrian crossing surrounding the square.
The works include: Installation of permanent traffic signals at Earl Street Installation of additional Zebra Crossing and dropped kerb at Long Walk-Magnet Road; Fitting of additional tactile paving in vicinity of crossing;
It is also planned to fit a permanent lane separator at Clanbrassil Street-Crowe Street junction; as well as Ppainting markings on Zebra Crossings to improve contrast; Refit Bollards to improve visibility; Provide additional ducting and power to Square; Reset Litter Bins at Earl St to improve visibility; New Speed ramp and gateway treatment on the Magnet approach to Square.
The works also include the fitting of additional drainage channel at Crowe St. Junction; as well as plans to Fit new bench and bins at rear of Arts Office to divert pedestrians away from step feathering; and improved road markings on approach.