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Speeding concerns at Tobearteascáin have resulted in requests for table top speed bumps.

Following “numerous complaints” regarding ongoing traffic issues at Tobearteascáin,Cllr Mary Howard (FG) voiced her worry with the use of the area as a rat run with drivers breaking the speed limit.

Traffic and speed surveys are to be carried out, senior executive engineer Eamon O’Dea confirmed. “The outcome of the traffic and speed surveys may identify the necessity for actions by the Ennis MD or an Garda Siochana,” he added.

Multiple issues have become apparent on the stretch of road, Cllr Howard stated. “In certain sections you cannot cross the road because of the speed of traffic. It is being used as a rat run to the town centre”.

Although three different speed ramps are on the road, the issue of speeding persists, she flagged. “Cars are whizzing around the corner and you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Howard warned. She suggested table top speed bumps and relining of the road as potential solutions.

Her proposal was seconded by Cllr Johnny Flynn (FG). He praised the “phenomenal investment” made by the County Council and OPW to improve a road which was previously “in appalling condition” caused by flooding over the last decade and a half.

He agreed that speeding was problematic at Tobearteascáin. “Unfortunately when you upgrade a road, you will still have some drivers don’t take into account the vulnerability of residents, pedestrians or cyclists. Traffic calming is important. It has gone from being a very poor quality road to an exceptionally high quality road”.

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