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Wednesday, 3rd August 2022

Call for Immediate action on ‘Drogheda’s most dangerous crossroads’

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Michael O'Dowd stands at the STOP sign at the William Street and Peter Street junction which is pointng in the wrong direction while across the road the fencing for the Peter's Hill amenity works is impairing visbilty for drivers.

Louth Aontú representative Michael O’Dowd has called for immediate action to be taken at the junction of William Street and Peter Street which he has called ‘the most dangerous crossroads in Drogheda.”

O’Dowd says the junction, one of the busiest in the town, has been made more dangerous of late due to the disgraceful state of signage in the area.

“Approaching from William Street there is no Stop sign visible, as it has been turned at an angle to face the Church of Ireland” O’Dowd said.

“While there are road markings, in traffic they are not visible and in any case   on their own they do not comply with Department regulations. It’s not clear if the Stop sign was changed deliberately or accidently.”

To add to the problems, O’Dpwd said that the visibility for traffic turning right to go up Magdalene Street is badly impaired by the fencing that was put in place for the amenity works that are ongoing.

“All in all, it is pretty confusing, conflicting and potentially disastrous” he said, adding that “over the weekend there were a number of near misses including one incident where a mother with a number of children in the car drove straight through from William Street to Fair Street narrowly missing a car coming down the hill. She was unaware that she had to stop at the junction.

“I have contacted the Road Safety Officer on Louth County Council and asked for immediate action to be taken.  The sign cannot be shifted back to the correct position manually and new fencing that does not impede visibility needs to be put in place.

“This needs to take place as a matter of urgency.”

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