Local councillor, John McCartin has called for an additional chip surface to be applied to two stretches of road in the Ballinamore area. Describing the two locations as ‘treacherous’, Cllr McCartin said that “the existing surface has become polished and, in anything other than the driest of conditions, these sections are hardly fit for public use.
One section (R-201-37) on the Carrigallen - Mohill road at Carrickavoher, Aughavas has been the scene of numerous accidents where vehicles have left the road.
The Ballinamore Area councillor said “Clearly speed was not a factor in the incidents as the vehicles had just slid off the road resulting in costly repairs for drivers and more worryingly, quite serious injuries. However,” he added “if the situation is not addressed, its only a matter of time before luck runs out and someone is killed”.
Cllr McCartin also told The Leitrim Observer that a similar situation had been brought to his attention where the LP-1373 joins the R199 on the Ballinamore – Newtowngore road at Corramahon in Aughawillan.
“The road surface is extremely slippery on the hill just where traffic from the School, church and hall as well as traffic from Bawnboy approaches the junction. If the situation is not addressed, there will be a major incident here and 100 yards of a chip surface would solve the whole problem,” he noted.
Cllr McCartin has received assurances from the council that this situation will be addressed as a matter of urgency.
“I understand that for these works to be carried out effectively, weather conditions must be right and while I accept that this is a particularly difficult year, I hope to see the works completed in the near future,” he concluded.