By Conor Forrest
KILDARE Co Council is to replace crash barriers “in the near future” at the junction of the R747 with the R448 on the main Castledermot to Kilcullen road.
Cllr Brian Dooley had raised the issue via a motion at the July meeting of Athy Municipal District, which described the lighting as “not sufficient for such a busy junction” and added that “the crash barriers are damaged and need to be replaced”.
The council explained that someone from the Public Lighting section will visit the location and it will then “be assessed using a priority system within Kildare Lighting Infrastructure Priority Schedule (KLIPS).
Lighting schemes are scored on various factors and placed within the schedule according to that score and lighting will be installed as and when funds become available and depending on where the job is on the priority schedule.
Councillors were also informed that the estimated cost of installing lighting at this location is in the region of €100,000-200,000 and that there is sufficient funding available in the 2020 public lighting budget to progress this project.
He added that if there is funding there to progress this, “I’d like to see it happen”, adding that a lot of traffic uses the road from Carlow to Kilcullen.
Cllr Ivan Keatley explained that he had motions on this junction in the past, and said that a particular problem is that people turning off the R448 who are not familiar with the road can easily go up the wrong side. He said there have been a number of accidents there and that there’s no doubt that public lighting is required.