THE IMAGE presented by one of the main approach roads to Crusheen came in for criticism at the recent meeting of Killaloe district councillors.
Councillor Pat Hayes called for a full review of speed controls measures on the Tulla Road in the village, as well as a plan to upgrade road surfaces and footpaths.
“The motion is not as much about speed limits themselves, but about traffic controls and the image they present,” the Fianna Fáil member said. “Crusheen, at the moment, is not a properly planned village. What we are doing is planning for houses only. If you are coming in on the Tulla Road into Crusheen and observe traffic management, the aesthetic looks alone doesn’t present a very positive image.”
Councillor Hayes welcomed a written response to his motion which noted that Clár-funded safety improvement works are nearly finished at the local school. “What is needed in this area is a total upgrade,” he added. “The new community hall is almost complete and things are happening there. A fairly large investment is needed to get this area right.”
The motion was seconded by Councillor Pat Burke. “This is quite a busy road,” he said. “People still go to Galway on the old road from Quin side. The area does need a major facelift. It is quite shabby in this day and age. Crusheen needs its fair share.”
A written reply to the motion came from Senior Executive Engineer, Derek Troy.
“Killaloe Municipal District, in conjunction with Clare County Council Road Design Section will undertake a review of the existing traffic calming measures in terms of vehicular speed reduction and pedestrian safety improvement. The existing speed limit at the location is 50km/h. Clár grant funded safety improvement works are currently nearing completion at nearby Crusheen National School.”
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