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25/10/2021

Moves afoot to address 'dangerous' south Longford junction

Longford County Council headquarters

Local authority bosses are to seek State funding to negate road safety fears at a busy south Longford junction.

Local authority bosses are to seek State funding to negate road safety fears at a busy south Longford junction.

Cathaoirleach of Ballymahon Municipal District Cllr Mick Cahill and Cllr Paul Ross led calls for Longford County Council's roads department to undertake works at Belton's Cross in Colehill last week.

The junction is situated on the R399 which runs north of Longford's Royal Canal.

“There is quite a lot of traffic that use it in the summer and it is quite dangerous,” said Cllr Cahill, as he invited roads officials to improve the junction's sightline levels.

Cllr Ross agreed, stating that while a bridge at the location was, in itself in a satisfactory state, it required remedial works in order to improve road safety.

“The bridge itself is okay, but if it is not built up again, if an accident took place, a car could go over it, end up in the landowner's field and get seriously injured,” he said.

Area engineer Paul Newell accepted the junction was “quite dangerous”, adding the council would apply for funding to carry out a Low Cost Safety Scheme next year.

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