The Castletown Cross junction in Dundalk has been selected by Louth County Council as one of projects identified for funding for safety improvements as part of the local authority’s Low Cost Road Safety Scheme.
Cllr Seán Kelly has welcomed the decision by Louth County Council to include Castletown Cross in their application process for the Low Cost Safety Scheme in September. The representative from O’Hanlon Park described the junction as “an accident waiting to happen.”
“Since being elected last May, I have been raising serious concerns about the dangers posed at Castletown Cross where the Castleblayney Road, Mill Road and Mount Avenue meet.
“With increasing traffic in the area and the presence of two large secondary schools at De La Salle and St Louis, it is an accident waiting to happen. Anyone who travels in this area on a regular basis will know of the dangers faced by locals, students and staff alike at peak times in the mornings and afternoons.
He also cited the “poor lines of visibility for motorists trying to turn onto the main road from the side roads.”
Cllr Kelly says he has received confirmation this week that Louth County Council will include the junction in its application for funding for road safety measures in September. “If successful [it] will hopefully resolve this issue finally.”
Last year, 15 Low Cost Safety Schemes were earmarked by the council to be carried out in 2020, with the final list decided on in August last year before submission to the Department of Transport on September 1. The finalisation of the Low Cost Road Safety Schemes for 2020 list will be made in August. The schemes for inclusion in the application are decided by the local authority, with allocations then made by the Department taking into account the terms applying to the Scheme and the available budget for the grant programme.