THE cycle lanes at the junction between Jocelyn Street and Chapel Street are going to be changed and talks will be held with local residents about the controversial changes to the street.
A letter has been sent out to Chapel Street residents by the Town Engineer Catherine Duff thanking them for their co-operation and facilitating the contractor during the construction of the cycle lanes.
She said the councillors will review the situation in September and a report will be put before that meeting addressing any outstanding concerns.
Mr Michael McGrath, engineer, will contact residents over the next week who discuss residents concerns about the Chapel Street cycle lanes.
This will include problems such as oil deliveries, bin collections, access for elderly, access for disabled, and other issues that may affect daily life.
The final stage of the project will be implemented over the coming school year.
This will include cycle training on the new route for school children. This will be done in partnership the Cuchulainn Cycling Club.
She said that when completed the cycle lane project could be used by up to 4,000 local schoolchildren.
Junior Minister Ann Kelly from the Department for the Environment visited Chapel Street with an inspector from the National Roads Authority. Changes to the street will include narrow the footpath along the Home Bakery side and widening the entrance to Chapel Street at Jocelyn Street. Town Engineer Catherine Duff also told Dundalk Town Councillors that talks have been held with Dundalk Fire and Rescue Service regarding access to Chapel Street.
She praised the Central Bar for their great co-operation on the issue and said that if people contact them, the council will sit down and discuss the problem.
“When people come to us we can talk to them them as we did with the Central Bar and Stapleton Place residents,” she said.
Cllr Martin Bellew said it was important that the traffic lights at the new cycle lane junction at Jocelyn Street and Chapel Street are put into operation as soon as possible.
He welcomed any changes that were necessary to improve the junction.
And Cllr Maria Doyle called for a special meeting of the council to review the cycle lane situation throughout the town.
That meeting will be in September and the consultant’s report will be before it.
The consultant’s report will state that the fundamental principal of cycle lanes in the Dundalk urban area is the right approach to dealing with the town’s traffic situation in the future.
It is also seen as a health and safety approach to transport. See Letters, pg 26.