Dag’s Cross to be examined

Blackwood Cross, better known as Dag Weld’s Cross after the pub on one of its corners, is to be examined by Kildare County Council in the wake of a fatal accident there in recent times.

Blackwood Cross, better known as Dag Weld’s Cross after the pub on one of its corners, is to be examined by Kildare County Council in the wake of a fatal accident there in recent times.

The cross roads which is on the R402 and has traffic coming from Prosperous, Coill Dubh, Allenwood and Caragh, was discussed at a meeting of Clane Area Committee last Tuesday, May 14.

Cllr. Brendan Weld asked if the council has any plans to improve the safety of the cross due to the number of serious accidents occurring there.

He was told that restoration improvement works are planned during the summer.

“As part of these works, new road markings will be installed which will help to improve safety at this junction,” officials told the meeting in a written report.

Noting that there were Blackwood locals in the public gallery Cllr. Weld said the only long term solution was to stagger the cross.

He asked that the Roads Design section of the Council examine the cross roads.

And he quoted from a letter from a local resident who pointed out to him that when approaching the cross roads from one of the minor roads “to see (oncoming) traffic you must pass over the white line”.

One of the problems with it is that there are electricity poles bloacking the view.

The other councillors supported Cllr. Weld, and the local area manager Michael O’Sullivan said he “didn’t disagree” with the councillor, and that he would look at “monies allocated to the area “ to see what could be done.

- Conor McHugh