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Traffic flow improvements needed to aid growth of Corofin

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A submission is being prepared within Clare County Council to design and implement improvements along Bridge St and Market St in Corofin.

An examination of traffic management improvements for the North Clare village were initially requested by Cllr Joe Killeen (FF) at a sitting of the West Clare Municipal District. He wanted this to focus on “the pinch points of the bridge and in Market St” in order to improve traffic flow and pedestrian access to the village.

Senior engineer, Enda MacNamara confirmed that an initial review of “the constraints experienced” by pedestrians and motorists in Corofin had been completed. The findings have been discussed with the Council’s road design office with a submission to be prepared seeking funding to carry out a design and improvements along Bridge St and Market St.

“We have a housing estate, Laghtagoona with 90 houses on the edge of the village but there is a difficulty for them in travelling to the village on foot because of the narrowness of Market St,” Killeen highlighted. He noted that between 40 to 70 children from the village walk to school as part of the walking bus but tourists to the area were unaware of the system. The former school principal believed improvements were needed “for the growth of the village and development of the social side of the village”.

Support for the motion was forthcoming from Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) who seconded the request.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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