Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport and local TD Leo Varadkar has announced €48,000 in funding for crucial road safety projects on Westmanstown Road, Ratoath Road and Tower Road.
The funding has been allocated under the Low Cost Safety Improvements scheme. It includes €32,000 for two permanent electronic warning signs at a dangerous bend on Westmanstown Road, which has seen a number of accidents in recent weeks. These will flash up messages like ‘slow down’ and ‘dangerous bend’ whenever a vehicle approaches. Oncoming vehicles will be detected by a traffic radar, and anti-skid surfacing will be laid on the road surface.
The ongoing speeding problem on the Ratoath Road in Hollystown Village will be addressed thanks to a grant of €6,000 for traffic calming measures, which will force vehicles to slow down. Traffic calming measures will be installed at either end of the built-up area, along with ‘slow’ markings on the road, and rumble strips on the road surface.
The Tower Road is heavily used by students walking to Mount Sackville School, along with other pedestrians. However, the narrow footpath along some of the road has raised safety concerns. Funding of €10,000 will now be used to install two flashing amber signals and ‘pedestrian walking’ signs, and other signs stating where motorists should expect to encounter pedestrians.