Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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TRAFFIC FORCING JUNCTION REVIEW – By CLARE O’BRIEN 😡
TRAFFIC volume-not safety-is the primary reason behind planned road improvements at the two-year-old N7/N24 interchange at Ballysimon, according to Limerick County Council.
The design of the interchange on the Southern Ring Road has been criticised since it opened in 2004 as motorists coming from Annacotty taking the turn to the city have had to drive across oncoming traffic.
And drivers heading towards Tipperary Town-and those travelling from the city to join the dual carriageway in the direction of Cork and Kerry-have also had to battle oncoming traffic at the interchange.
Limerick County Council have now proposed works to improve the interchange, including ramps, traffic signals, road markings, public lighting and the introduction of a new speed limit on the N24.
The works will also see the introduction of traffic calming gateways, which will signal motorists to reduce their speed as the road narrows.
“With the traffic calming gateways, drivers will be signalled to slow down,” said Trevor McKechnie of Limerick County Council. “The new traffic lights, ramps and the new speed limit on the N24 aim to reduce the speed of motorists in this area.”
However, Mr McKechnie could not say what the new speed limit will be.
A considerable increase in traffic is the primary reason for the proposed changes, according to the County Council.
“The amount of traffic has really grown.:confused: We have observed a significant increase in traffic levels on the N24 in recent times,” said Trevor McKetchnie.
Plans of the proposed scheme are available at Limerick County Council, County Hall, Dooradoyle and objections must be submitted 😉 by August 31.
Mr McKechnie said, “We hope to begin work later this year and would expect to finish by the middle of next year.”
Details of the cost of the proposed improvements were not available.
02 August 2006
I think the former UL president Dr Ed Walsh has another vision for an Atlantic road corridor than the Limerick County Council does! Bad building practices will equate to road fatalities here. Enough land was acquired for the N7 and the realigned N24 stretch and yet the interchange is a dangerous mess!
I did not even understand why the N24 on this new stretch was not built to dual carriageway standard in the first place? A roundabout was provided for the university on the way into the city centre (see image 1). Why did they not build the interchange with roundabouts similar to that at the Dooradoyle interchange (see image 3). It is worth noting that the County hall is only a kilometre away from the Dooradoyle interchange.
I hope the Limerick County Council will realise that the site highlighted in image 2 was up for sale recently, it might yet be needed in part for a future upgrade of the interchange!
As for the proposed Rossbrien Interchange of the Southern Ring Road phase II, I have still not figured out how the changing lanes are to work?
See post: https://archiseek.com/content/showpost.php?p=39266&postcount=37