Wednesday 18 September 2019

Safety works planned for 21 Bends

Residents raise concerns about dangerous '21 bends'

Deputy John Brady and Cllr Dermot O’Brien at the 21 Bends near Enniskerry
Deputy John Brady and Cllr Dermot O’Brien at the 21 Bends near Enniskerry

Mary Fogarty

Road safety works will be carried out along the stretch of road between Bray and Enniskerry known as the '21 Bends'.

While works were carried out in recent years to secure much of the area, the final 400 metres was not included at that time.

Residents have expressed concerns many times as the crash barrier has been damaged by regular collisions adjacent to a steep drop to the Glencullen River.

A spokesman for residents of the area said that the particular bend can be dangerous in all seasons: in autumn, skidding can be caused by leaves; in winter, by icy and wet conditions; and even in summer, when rainfall follows a prolonged dry period.

He has called for plans to regularly inspect the barrier and repair it as needed.

The camber of the road will be changed making it safer to drive along, higher kerbs with a new footpath will also be constructed and new higher safety barriers will be installed.

'I welcome the confirmation from the council that the work on the final 400 metres will finally take place,' said Deputy John Brady.

'For a number of years now, I have been working with the council to try getting improvement works carried out on the R117 road between Bray and Enniskerry,' said Deputy Brady. 'The stretch of road know as the 21 Bends is a very dangerous stretch of road with many crashes, in 2004 two people tragically lost their lives in an accident on it.'

Deputy Brady had previously raised the matter in notices of motion when he was a member of the council and continued to liaise with the council following his election to Dáil Éireann.

'In my view, the last 400 metres was the most dangerous section,' said Deputy Brady.

'Anyone who knows the 21 Bends knows how dangerous the road is along there,' said Cllr Dermot O'Brien. 'Accidents happen along it on a regular basis and the crash barrier constantly has to be repaired. This work once complete will make it safer for everyone.'

The work is expected to start over the next couple of months.

Bray People