Call to improve road sightline at Granard

Call for low cost safety scheme to be carried out along busy Granard road

Call to improve road sightline at Granard
By Liam Cosgrove

Fresh calls were made this week to lower a section of road approaching the entrance to one of north Longford’s busiest companies.

Fine Gael’s Micheál Carrigy wants Longford County Council to apply for a low cost safety scheme at Granardkille, Granard on the R194, just a few yards from the front gates of Kiernan Milling.

Cllr Carrigy raised the topic at this month’s Granard Municipal District meeting.

“They (Kiernan Milling) have one of the largest rate bases in the county and a large amount of workers enter it on a daily basis,” he said.

“But when you come out of its front entrance and look back towards Granard you have a bump in the road 70 yards up and it’s completely blind.”

He is proposing works to improve the “sightline” along that stretch of road.

Engineer Harry Rogers told the meeting that there was “no real funding available to do that type of work”.

“The funding we get for regional roads is for restoration works.”

Fianna Fáil Cllr PJ Reilly suggested the Council perhaps look at implementing traffic calming measures further up the road.

He also claimed overhanging trees were not helping the matter, saying one option was to contact local landowners. He reiterated calls for a footpath to be extended down to the manufacturer’s main access point after a pedestrian was almost knocked down on their way to work.

Mr Rogers said the Council would “look at” the prospect of applying to the Department for a low cost safety scheme to be carried out, but warned that the road’s narrowness might scupper that bid.

“This is one of the largest rate-paying companies in the county,” interjected Cllr Carrigy once more.

“We need to pull out all the stops to make sure we get that funding.”