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SPEED RAMPS are unlikely to be included in proposed road resurfacing in O’Briensbridge.

Cllr Tony O’Brien (FF) appealed for the inclusion of speed ramps in the proposed road resurfacing at lower Ardnataggle “due to the high level of usage by non-residents”.

A speed limit of 80km/h currently exists on the road with the Killaloe Municipal District to undertake 400m of restoration improvement works “in the coming months,” acting senior executive engineer Derek Troy outlined.

Commitment was given by the engineer to arrange a speed survey “to establish if speeding is occurring” and to communicate with An Garda Síochána on the matter. He flagged that traffic calming measures “are only to be applied to roads within 50km/h or 60km/h speed limits” as the local authority must comply with Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act, 1994.

Speaking at the July meeting of the Killaloe Municipal District, Cllr O’Brien highlighted that it was “a highly residential area” with several “quite elderly” residents, “some of whom are on wheelchairs”. He added, “we had the same problem but eased it at Clarisford”. He contemplated that resurfacing “could be a sign to go faster” and suggested the addition of signage.

Although he supported the proposal, Cllr Joe Cooney (FG) clarified that he disagreed with the notion that signage be installed, “it’s a waste of time, a speed ramp is important because of where the road is. People don’t slow down for signage anymore”.

Cathaoirleach of the Killaloe MD, Cllr Alan O’Callaghan (FF) asked executive engineer, Declan Flanagan for his views on speed surveys and was told that the results from Kilkishen proved “useful” in the addition of traffic calming measures.


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