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Drivers have to negotiate a blind bend after crossing to the other side of the road to get past delivery lorries and vans.

Drivers have to negotiate a blind bend after crossing to the other side of the road to get past delivery lorries and vans.

The sight which greets drivers in Ballisodare outside the local Super Valu

The sight which greets drivers in Ballisodare outside the local Super Valu

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Drivers have to negotiate a blind bend after crossing to the other side of the road to get past delivery lorries and vans.

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Efforts will be made with the assistance of Sligo County Council to get road widened in Ballisodare which has become a significant hazard to drivers and pedestrians.

Lorries and delivery vans to the Super Value in the village have nowhere else to park when delivering goods but in doing so they are blocking one whole lane with drivers unable to see if there’s oncoming traffic.

There have been several near misses but in recent months the road from Ballisodare towards Ballygawley with a significant rise in traffic due to the completion of a nearby housing estate and also increased activity with the opening of the local community centre and soccer and training pitches at Young’s Quarry.

There’s also a recyling plant in the area making it a busy route all through the day and evening but in particular in the mornings when there is also school runs.

The issue has been raised in the past by residents groups but the matter has come to a head in recent months following several near accidents.

Cars are also having to reverse when they meet oncoming traffic. There can be several lorries and vans delivering at the same time completely blocking the view of oncoming vehicles.

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Local councillor Tomas Healy says the issue was first raised when the housing estate was being built some ten years ago and a traffic plan was to be put in place with the assistance of the management of the supermarket.

This included the lorry deliveries adhering to designated times and a person in place to direct traffic.

“That all petered out and fell part and the lorries are coming at different times of the day now.The hazard created is serious with drivers having to negotiate a blind corner in either direction,” said Cllr Healy.

One possible solution is to widen the road and remove a patch of land that runs adjacent to the road.

“I met with the local engineer recently and apparently this strip of land is not in anyone’s ownership, that it’s no man’s land.

“This offers the possibility of it being subject to a CPO and I’ll be pursuing this in the coming days.If this can be done this will give options as to what use it can be put to, either creating a loading bay on that side of the road or just widening it altogether.

“Either way there has to be a solution to this issue. The road has become far too busy for things to be let stay as they are.

“I have also raised the issue of illegal parking further up the road closer to the roundabout on the left hand side. Vehicles are having to go wide to get out past them creating a hazard for cars turning into the road,” he said. The council has undertaken to place permanent cones on the path to prevent this kind of parking, he added.


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