County Hall Raises Safety Concerns on County Roads

By Seamus Whelehan

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Cork County Council has applied for almost €1million in Government funding to upgrade over twenty of the County’s most dangerous roads.
Three East Cork roads are among twenty four locations highlighted by the Local Authority.
Ardnabourkey Hill Whitegate, the Whitegate road from Rostellan to Aghada and Canon O’Leary Place, Cobh are among a wish list sent to the Department of Transport for funding.
Cllr Noel Collins said he was backing the application for the low cost safety measures.
He said he especially welcomes the road safety measures in East Cork, and in particular the pedestrian crossing and traffic measures on the R630 Whitegate road.
The long list of schemes aimed at improving conditions for all road users is valued at €900,000, with €135,000 of that coming to East Cork.
A short list of projects which the Department of Transport is happy to fund will be published in the New Year.
At Ardnabourkey Hill, Whitegate, the Local Authority require €20,000 to set back a 75 metre section of ditch to provide a footpath connection from Glebe Manor Housing Estate and the village.

The narrow road puts pedestrians and motorists in direct conflict with each other and it is hoped that, if given approval, pedestrians and children from the estate can walk safely to the nearby school.
The Local Authority has also sought €80,000 to provide safety upgrades along a 2000 metre section of the R630 Whitegate Road from Rostellan to Lower Aghada.

Thousands of vehicles pass through the busy regional road daily, where there is no pedestrian crossing.

Recognised as one the most strategic roads in the country leading to the only Oil Refinery in the State, the route is used by almost 50,000 trucks a year.
A survey carried out by the Local Authority has found that 25% of HGV’s are exceeding the legal speed limit.

A significant petition gathered by local resident, and the substance of a Parliamentary Question by Sinn Fein TD, Deputy Pat Buckley, is referenced by Council in its supporting documentation for improvements on the R630.
In Cobh at Cannon O’Leary Place, the Local Authority has applied for €35,000 to install traffic calming measures to reduce traffic speed and assist pedestrians who cross the busy road junction.
The intersection has seen multiple minor collisions and accidents where vehicles fail to slow down.

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