Thursday 19 October 2017

Council reluctant to paint white line on road

THE COUNCIL remains reluctant to paint a median white line on the road at Barnageeragh Hill despite requests for the measure saying it may exacerbate road safety issues on the road.

Cllr Ciaran Byrne (Lab) called for the road markings saying that the area had a steep hill, a severe bend and blind corner and with the lack of a white line, the road was 'extremely dangerous'. But the council disagreed that a white line would make the area safer saying: 'The location referred to in the Motion has been examined and the provision of central lining on this road is not recommended due to the limited road width available. 'Drivers expect a road marked with a centre-line to be wide enough for opposing traffic to pass safely. For these reasons, centre-lines on narrow rural roads (i.e. less than 5.5m wide) are not generally provided.

'It is proposed to provide transverse road markings on the approach to the severe bends as a form of traffic management.' Cllr Byrne said that whatever the solution was, something had to be done on the road 'before somebody gets killed'. Cllr Tom Kelleher (Lab) and Cllr David O'connor (NP) both suggested a compromise solution involving new warning signs being put in the area to slow traffic down and warn motorists of the dangers on the road. The council's transportation department said they would look at that idea.