Sunday 21 January 2018

End of the road for deadly Ward Cross


The new roundabout at the Ward Cross.
The new roundabout at the Ward Cross.


AN END is in sight for the carnage at Fingal's deadliest junction with news that the brand new roundabout that replaces the notoriously deadly 'Ward Cross' is almost complete.

The new roundabout is already in use but contractors are still putting the final touches to the development which is set to make the infamous accident black spot considerably safer. In a statement given to the Fingal Independent about the project, Fingal County Council said: 'Work has been underway for the past six months and is almost complete on the construction of a roundabout and improved public lighting at the Ward Cross.'

A spokesperson stated that the council is very pleased with the standard of work, carried out by a contractor, which has come in on budget. The council also wishes to express its appreciation to the local land owners for their cooperation during the works and thanks are also due to the National Transport Authority for their grant of funding which enabled this project to go ahead. It has been a long road and a fierce battle for the families of the many injured and killed at the county's deadliest junction.

Despite the work being made the ' number one priority' of Fingal County Council almost three years ago, progress on the project has been painfully slow until this year but now the local authority expects its contractors to complete the job very soon. Many families have campaigned down the years for the problem to be tackled and an action group was formed to progress the cause. Back in 2009 after the relatives of Gayle Grehan, who died in an accident at Ward Cross, joined the fight and that same year, the county manager, David O'Connor was moved to give a personal commitment to make the work the top priority of the council.

Last year, the council was blaming difficult negotiations aimed at acquiring land for the project in the area for the delays in what is the most important road safety project in the county. The new junction layout includes the provision of a new 30 metre diameter roundabout at the junction of the R135 or North Road and the R121 or Ward Road. There is also a realignment of both roads on the approach to the new roundabout. The project also includes the construction of new footpaths and the incorporation of existing bus stops in the revised road layout. A ' high friction' surface is being applied to the approaches to the new roundabout for added safety.

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