Monday 20 November 2017

Reconstruction of notorious bend a step in right direction

THE ACCIDENT blackspot on the notorious N4 stretch from Castlebaldwin to Doorla at Ardloy is currently under reconstruction.

The NRA provided €1.5 million for an 800-metre realignment of the main Sligo to Dublin road at Ardloy.

Bernard Mulhern, PRO of the N4 Action Group said: "If this work saves a life with these bends gone, then it's a good thing.

"Three fatalities and countless accidents have occurred at this bend.

"The majority of the work is expected to be finished at the end of the year and we are hoping that it will be opened before Christmas.

"Our main aim is to get a new road and the planning process between Sligo County Council and the NRA is 90% there.

"We are hoping that Sligo County Council will have the necessary paperwork sent to the NRA before Christmas.

"Some people might think that spending money on Ardloy is a waste with this in mind, but if it saves one life, it's worth it.

"It still could be four or five years before a new road is built."

The Action Group held an ecumenical service last year to remember the lives lost on the road.

"We aren't in the business of awards but we'll go to Farmleigh to accept the award in memory of the 29 people who have died and those who were injured.

"We don't want to see any more fatalities; commuters deserve better, safer roads."

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