Google Map view of the junction under construction
The new road alignment at the Drumshanbo Mart junction is being compared to the Edentenny saga at Ballinamore with much concern over space for trucks turning.
Works are still ongoing at the junction in Drumshanbo beside the Mart, the realignment is being constructed to allow for greater pedestrian safety, but Cathaoirleach of Ballinamore Municipal District Cllr Gerry Dolan said “It is an accident waiting to happen.”
Cllr Dolan said “There is no way two lorries can get past - it is not wide enough.” And he also said that a lorry will not be able to make the turn without crossing onto the other side of the road. Cllr Dolan went on to ask “who will be responsible for an accident?”
Senior Engineer Darragh O’Boyle with Leitrim County Council told Ballinamore councillors this week that the junction is being designed according to plans and the local Design Office said it takes in all the rules and guidelines.
He said if there is no illegal parking there should be no issue, adding when the works are completed, the council will look at it again.
But Cllr Dolan asked what was the sense of “ripping it all up again.”
Cllr Caillian Ellis said he drove it recently and “would not be able to take the turn with the bus unless I was on the other side of the road.”
He said it is the same as Edentenny outside Ballinamore, works on this junction went on for months following issues with turning space. He pointed out it is still causing issues for articulated lorries.
Cllr Dolan said this was “one of the safest junctions” before these works.
Mr O’Boyle returned that “it was not safe for pedestrians or those with mobility issues.”
Cllr Dolan said “I don’t want it on my conscience if someone is killed.”
Councillor Caillian Ellis also proposed better signage at the roundabout indicating the traffic system in Drumshanbo. Darragh O'Boyle replied “We cannot legislate for people who break the rules.”
He said the council will look at signage and replenishing road lines but private businesses should also indicate to their traffic that there is a one-way system in place.
The issue has been brought up previously here.