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Tuesday, 3rd December 2019

Traffic flow at Constitution Hill - Chord Road junction to be changed

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It is hoped that the new traffic arrangements at the junction of Constitution Hill and Chord Road will make it safer for motorists and pedestrians.

Traffic from Chord Road will have to give way to traffic from Constitution Hill

Ever since the traffic flow was changed to allow for the closure of Laurence’s Gate there have been safety issues for both motorists and pedestrians at the junction of Constitution Hill, Chord Road and Frances Street.

Councillor Pio Smith, who first raised this issue with Louth County Council over a year ago, has been working with Council engineers ever since and now that work is beginning to bear fruit.

Under the new arrangements motorists coming down the Chord Road will have to give way to traffic coming up Constitution Hill and the entrance to Frances Street will be narrowed using bollards to shorten the crossing for pedestrians. (See full list of work to be carried out below.)

“The sight lines leading from the top of Constitution Hill toward the Chord Road East were very limited” Councillor Smith said.

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“Motorists were failing to stop at the top of Constitution Hill and there was a number of near misses with cars travelling west along the Chord Road.

“The new arrangements will make a positive change however I envisage some problems may well persist.

“For example, if cars are now going to travel up Constitution Hill without stopping then we need to protect pedestrians crossing at the bottom of Frances St.

“The narrowing of the road at the bottom of Frances Street will help protect pedestrians, however this needs to be monitored for a period to ensure it is working"

The proposed works at the junction include:

Constitution hill

  • Continuous centre line will be re-marked.
  • New broken centre line will be marked allowing vehicles to cross centre line from Chord Road to Francis Street.
  • Existing `STOP` and stop line will be removed.
  • New `ONE WAY` road marking with directional arrow will be marked in advance of stop line.
  • New road markings along the nearside of Constitution Hill will be marked, to direct traffic towards Francis Street.
  • Flexi bollards to west side of Constitution Hill will be black with reflective tops.
  • New bollards will be placed along the nearside road marking.
  • Entrance to Francis Street will be narrowed to 3.5m by line marking and bollards to minimize the crossing distance for pedestrians.

Chord Road

  • Existing `NO ENTRY` road markings will be removed and replaced with `STOP` and stop line.
  • New stop signs will be erected on the existing poles adjacent to Sarsfield’s and McHugh’s public houses facing Chord Road.
  • New `ONE WAY` road marking with directional arrow in advance of bifurcated arrow.
  • Bifurcated arrow will be re-marked.

Francis Street

  • New `ONE WAY` road marking with directional arrow.
  • Road marking will narrow crossing to 3.5m with bollards either side.
  • Line marking will continue up Francis Street for approximately 12.5m.
  • Line markers expected any day to arrange for new line arrangement.
  • LCC’s Roads’ crew to change yield to stop sign along Chord road & install flexi-bollard – once marked along Constitution Hill.

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