A County Cllr says a fundamental design flaw at an upgraded East Cork junction has the potential to cause a fatal accident.
Fine Gael Cllr Michael Hegarty told Monday’s Sitting of the East Cork Municipal District that, given its heavy use, the redesigned T Junction at Gurt Na Fada near Ballymacoda is “an accident waiting to happen.”
The junction was altered under the Council’s Low Cost Safety Scheme to give priority to vehicles coming from Ladysbridge heading towards Youghal but, since the improvement works, safety fears at the intersection have been heightened.
“A vehicle coming from Youghal towards Ballymacoda has to drive over on the other side of the carriage way to negotiate the bend. If another vehicle is coming at the same time from Ballymacoda it’s an accident waiting to happen” said Cllr Hegarty.
Senior Engineer Cork Roads, Dave Clarke said prior to the improvement works “Someone who is not familiar with the road would drive straight through onto Ballymacoda” which “could result in a very high impact accident.”
He said, following the redesigned junction “from Ladysbridge you have to turn slightly left at the first stop sign before you turn right for Ballymacoda.”
Mr Clarke said the alteration is particularly safer for those motorists travelling at night when there are lights coming against you.
A Road Safety Audit is to be carried out by the Council Road Design Office, with recommendations for the dangerous junction to be back before the Municipal District next month.