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Wednesday, 9th August 2017

Council needs a plan B on traffic plan - Mayor

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Laurence's Gate will be closed to traffic on August 18th but Mayor Pio Smith has expressed doubts about the proposed new traffic plan.

“We should always plan for something to go wrong”

With just over a week to go until Laurence Gate is closed to traffic, Mayor of Drogheda Pio Smith has voiced concerns over the traffic plan that is to be put in place. He says that the Council needs a "plan B" ready in case the proposed new plan doesn't work.

“If the recent water outage in Drogheda taught us anything it is that we should always plan for something to go wrong” the Mayor said. “I will be speaking to the Senior Engineer in the coming days regarding this.

Cllr. Smith said that the closure of Laurence's Gate to traffic will be "an historic moment for the town" but he added that it will also present some initial difficulties in regards to traffic management.

"Traffic travelling west along Scarlet Street will now be able to move south via Oulster Lane and Sandyford Terrace onto the Chord Road and travel toward Laurence Gate before moving down Constitution Hill or up Francis Street.

"However, the junction at Chord Road/Constitution Hill/Francis Street needs careful monitoring as two major streams of traffic will converge at this point. In a similar vein, vigilance should be shown to traffic turning left from Jim Garry Way to enter the Laurence Centre which will contend with traffic coming up the Palace from Laurence Street.

“A complex junction will be created at the exit point of Jim Garry Way. It is possible that traffic backlogs could occur at peak traffic times in these areas” Cllr. Smith warned.

“Furthermore, I have requested Louth County Council to contact residents in the Chord Road and explain how the proposed works on the watermain will affect them in terms of traffic disruption and road openings.

“There are a significant number of senior citizens living in this area as well as school children and it is essential that emergency services and the school bus can have access when needed.

“At a previous meeting of the Council I asked Engineers if the watermain works would affect the closure of the Gate and the reply was no. However to date I have not received any information as to how the proposed works will proceed”.

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