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Election candidate describes north Louth road as a 'death trap'

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Election candidate describes north Louth road as a 'death trap'

Election candidate describes north Louth road as a 'death trap'

A local election candidate for Dundalk/Carlingford has described the R173 Omeath Road as a "death trap" and is calling for road improvement work to be carried out.

Fianna Fail candidate Erin McGreehan stated that she has spoken to many locals in Omeath particularly those living along the main R173 Road.

"Every time they come out their gates they are taking their life into their own hands, traffic is far too fast on the road and in a lot of cases the line of sight is almost. It is only a matter of time before there are more tragedies on the road."

There have been speed limit reductions along part of the road extending the Omeath village speed limits, accordinh to Ms McGreehan.
"This is a sticking plaster and if there are no Gardaí available to patrol the limits and nothing is done to improve the junctions and bends there will continue to be a serious risk to life."

She continued: "People cannot walk out of their properties or go for a walk along the road. There undoubtedly needs to be a massive overhaul on the road to make the roads safe for all road users."

The R173 is a particularly busy road, Ms McGreehan said and "there is an ever growing number of people living on the peninsula and the main artery road is the R173."

McGreehan added: "There are many traffic accidents on this stretch from the Ballymacscanlon roundabout right to Cornamucklagh and it needs to be recognised that the cause of many of these accidents are the dangerous junctions and bends and the speed that people drive at.

"I sincerely hope the change does not come from a reactive decision to a tragedy, we need to be proactive to try to prevent road accidents."