Safety signs for accident blackspot

by Gazette Reporter
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Funding has been allocated for two permanent electronic warning signs to be installed at an accident black-spot on Westmanstown Road.
The dangerous bend is to get two permanent electronic warning signs which will flash up messages like Slow Down or Dangerous Bend when a vehicle approaches.
Local TD and Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar confirmed the funding under the Low Cost Safety Improvements Scheme, which includes €32,000 for the warning signs, new road markings, traffic radars and anti-skid surfacing.
Westmanstown Road resident, Terry O’Neill, who has rebuilt his front wall over 38 times in the last 25 years because of cars hitting it, said the sooner the signs are installed the better. “They were due to be installed last November, but we are still waiting.”
According to Terry, since surface work was completed on the road last October, there has not been an accident there: “Touch wood, everything seems to be okay. The cars are keeping on the road, so far. Since they treated the road surface, things have been good.”
“This [new signage] will be an in-your-face warning, it will heighten awareness [of the dangerous bend] more so than it is at the minute,” he added.
Mulhuddart councillor Kieran Dennison (FG), who raised the issue with Fingal County Council last September, said he would also like to see the works commence as soon as possible. “I think with the rate that accidents have been happening there, it is critical that we move fast on it.
“When I was told about it by Terry and other residents there, I just said we have to tackle this straight away, so I am delighted that we can get to work on it now.”
Other crucial road safety projects in the Dublin 15 area include €6,000 for traffic calming measures on the Ratoath Road in Hollystown Village to curb ongoing speed problems. It is hoped that these measures will force vehicles to slow down.
According to the Minister’s office, these traffic calming measures will be installed at either end of the built-up area, along with Slow markings on the road and rumble strips on the road surface.
Cllr Dennison said this road has also had its fair share of accidents and such measures are needed. “It is such a straight road, people just zoom in and out at very high speeds and there is nothing to discourage people to slow down.”
Meanwhile, funding of €10,000 will go towards the installation of two flashing amber signals and “pedestrian walking” signs on the Tower Road, which is heavily used by students walking to Mount Sackville School. The narrow footpath along some of the road there has been raised as a safety concern.
There will also be signs warning motorists of pedestrians ahead.

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