Call for speed ramps on the Hilly Road, Drumshanbo

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Councillors Gerry Dolan and Brendan Barry called for speed ramps to be erected on the Hilly Road, Drumshanbo at the Ballinamore Municipal meeting this week.


The issue arose after councillors called for a safety audit in Cloone and possible speed ramps.
Independent Cllr Gerry Dolan said he has previously sought speed ramps on the Hilly Road but was told ramps could only go on pedestrian crossings. He said he has found “numerous speed ramps around the county that are not on pedestrian crossings” and renewed his call for the ramps in Drumshanbo.
Senior engineer with Leitrim County Council Shay O'Connor said if ramps were erected “we could get complaints about the excessive amount of ramps.”

 He said it is a fine line, but sometimes ramps are not the answer.
However, Sinn Féin's Brendan Barry said he supported Cllr Dolan on his call for ramps. He said a gatso speed van had spent some time in the area and only recently a child cycled out in front of a car and while there were no injuries, he said it was a “lucky escape.” He queried if speed ramps were not an option maybe the use of LED lights could be employed.
Mr O'Connor said they are looking into erecting temporary LED lights and the Hilly Road is one of the locations listed for trial.
Members of Ballinamore Municipal District wished Shay O'Connor well on his new role in the Carrick-on-Shannon redevelopment plan and welcomed Terry McGovern to the role as senior engineer.

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