Tuesday 21 February 2017

Five accidents in a week at blackspot - but no cash to fix it

Published 24/01/2013 | 13:44

A hazardous road outside Fermoy continues to be the scene of dangerous accidents - just days after the bend was highlighted as a hazard spot at a Council meeting.

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Gardai in Fermoy have confirmed that an accident occurred at Johnstown, Glanworth last Saturday - just one of a number of incidents in the townland in the past month.

The spot was brought to the attention of the local authority by Cllr Frank O'Flynn (FF), who raised it at last week's meeting of the Fermoy Area Committee. He described the road as a "scene of regular accidents" and called for improvements, including advanced warning signs.

While the council is to put warning signs in place, lack of funding rules out more works. "The section of road has been highlighted to senior management but, unfortunately, this road would be in competition with two dozen other roads in the county looking for major realignment project funding," Area Engineer Brendan O'Gorman warned, adding that he would push for resources in the matter.

Cllr O'Flynn this week told The Corkman that lives are at stake. "There was an accident there the night before that meeting, one on the day of it and three since last Saturday," he said.

"The safety of road users is the most important thing. The number of accidents there is unbelievable, and it's also dangerous for pedestrians.

"It is going on too long, I welcome the road signs but the road needs to be realigned," added O'Flynn.

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