Calls for safety improvements on Callan By-pass

At the Thomastown municipal district last week there were discussions about the safety concerns on the By-pass with Cllr Matt Doran commenting on the dangers posed by the by-pass due to its current design saying “accidents and near ones continue to happen, day in day out.”

Cllr Doran went on to call for engineers to ““try to alleviate the race track that is there” and commented that “Years ago the Piltown bypass was considered to be the most dangerous road in the area, now it’s Callan”

Cllr Joe Lyons asked if cycle lanes could be included into the design changes on the By-pass. He went on to ask if a turning filter lane could be added to the bypass at the Aldi/West Street junction turn into the town and if there was a possibility of making Chapel Lane one way from Green Street out to the bypass.

Declan Murphy, Area Engineer for Kilkenny County Council confirmed that he would bring the matter to Transport Infrastructure Ireland who were working on the by-pass project.

Calls for suitable cycle infrastructure on the Callan by-pass have been welcomed in the community after previous concerns were raised by some in the community about the lack of suitable and safe cycle space both in Bridge Street and the Bypass.

Many local residents have also been calling for speed restrictions to be imposed on section of the by-pass as they feel the current 100km limit is more of a target for many motorists which greatly increases danger at junctions into the town.

Bridge Street:
The one-way system in Bridge Street was also discussed with confirmation given that the current one-way system will remain in place in its current form for at least another year. Mr Murphy advised that notice about Bridge Street will be published in the coming future. will publish further information as it becomes available.

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