Local councillor Jim Tenanty has shared details of a letter sent to him by Transport Infrastructure Ireland in response to a query regarding the stretch of the N2 north of Ardee – a road which has been the centre of much debate and conversation of late.
Independent councillor Tenanty made a representation on behalf of locals and sent a letter to the TII three weeks ago, querying the removal of road markings on the stretch. He was told by an official from the Regulatory & Administration Unit that all road markings must comply with provisions of the Traffic Signs Manual, published by the Department of Transport.
Roadworks were undertaken on the road a month ago and the councillor echoed concerns from locals who felt the removal of certain ‘advance arrow’ markings left them as “sitting ducks” and forcing some to ditch using the N2, instead finding alternative routes to home and work.
He said that he raised the issue at a meeting that the councillors from Ardee Municipal District held with the TII in April and was told that the matter would be looked at if concerns were raised.
The body explained that the key function of the Traffic Signs manual is to ensure consistency and uniformity in the use and design of road markings on all Irish roads. They say historical line design on the roads was developed on an ad hoc basis and was inconsistent.
Tenanty queried the removal of the markings on the section of the N2, with the TII saying the markings did not accord with the aforementioned guidelines and was accordingly removed as part of Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s national delineation programme.
He was also told in his response that any proposals in relation to safety improvement works are normally developed in the first instance by the relevant local authority – in this case Louth County Council. They are the road authority for the area.
The TII say that any proposals submitted to them by road authorities are carefully examined and considered for funding, ‘having regard…to the limited funding available for national roads generally and competing demands for these resources throughout the network.’
Tenanty has shared his correspondence with local residents who are affected by the dangerous road and junctions on an ongoing basis as the fight continues to get all approaches to junctions marked and made safe for road users.