Relief for Lohart residents as ditch to be removed

Cllr Michael Cahill and Damian Quigg with local residents in the Lohart area who have raised concerns over the width of the road between Killorglin and Cromane. They are standing next
to a ditch that is to be removed to help with driver sight lines. Photo by Sinead Kelleher
Cllr Michael Cahill and Damian Quigg with local residents in the Lohart area who have raised concerns over the width of the road between Killorglin and Cromane. They are standing next to a ditch that is to be removed to help with driver sight lines. Photo by Sinead Kelleher

Sinead Kelleher

 Speeding remains an issue on the main Killorglin to Cromane Road but works later this summer will help alleviate a dangerous stretch of road and give a better line of vision and more space for vehicles.

Residents along the route having been complaining for a number of years about a dangerous bend at Lohart which has been the scene of numerous accidents including several incidents that caused damage to Donie O'Sullivan's wall. 

He says that because the road is too narrow for vehicles to pass safely, particularly lorries coming and going to Cromane, his wall has been damaged several times. 

Cllr Michael Cahill and Cllr Damian Quigg have allocated their councillor allocations to remove the ditch at Lohart and replace it with concrete posts and chain. The works will cost €5,326.

"The wall here has been damaged four times," says Donie. "The line of sight is blocked by the ditch and it is difficult to come out onto the road as well. We welcome these works. " 

The land was provided by Joe Sweeney and Kerry County Council have said the works will be done this summer. Cllr Damian Quigg said the works would also help improve the safety of cyclists. 

Meanwhile residents along the route have again called for a reduction in speed on the main Killorglin to Cromane Road where the speed of vehicles is 'crazy'.  "We need the speed limit reviewed. We need the speed to be 50k," said resident Garry Ledwith.

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