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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Three accidents in a week at 'disaster waiting' bridge

n The road layout at Annakisha Bridge.

A BRIDGE on the N73 recently branded "a disaster waiting to happen" has been the scene of three more accidents within the past week.

 

The Corkman recently highlighted the poor safety record on the Annakisha Bridge after county councillor Tom Sheahan pointed out there had been almost 20 minor accidents there over an eight-month period.

He called on the council to petition the National Roads Authority (NRA) for safety measures to be put in place at the blackspot before it causes a serious accident.

Cllr Sheahan again raised the issue at this week's Mallow area committee, asking executive engineer Jim Moloney if the council had received any feedback from the NRA on the issue.

"There has been another three accidents at the bridge in the past week alone, mostly involving foreign drivers who are unfamiliar with the road layout," said Cllr Sheahan.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that some form of signage is needed. This is a constant source of concern to local residents," he added.

Mr Moloney said the council had been in contact with the NRA and was hoping that the authority would fund the erection of warning signs along the approach roads leading to the bridge.

"The NRA has been asked to look at this issue in some detail and we are hoping from a positive response from them soon," he said.

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