Dangerous Naas junction solution is put on the long finger by council

Junction on the Sallins Road, Naas.                             Photo Tony Keane.

Junction on the Sallins Road, Naas. Photo Tony Keane.

There will be no immediate solution to problems faced by motorists using the busy Sallins road-Monread Avenue junction near the former Hennessy’s garage.

The reason for inaction is that the Sallins Road (as well as the Dublin Road) are bother the subject of major reconstruction projects, incorporating facilities for bus users and cyclists.

These projects are not even at the design stage and no work will be done on the ground at Dublin Road or Sallins Road this year.

Some €30,000 has been allocated from the National Transport Authority to cover consultants’ fees to bring the project to public consultation.

An allocation of €200,000 has been made for the same purpose for Dublin Road, which is expected to take a number of years to complete.

More information will be available to local councillors when county council officials meet with the NTA. Town Clerk Ken Kavanagh told a Naas Town Council meeting that given the “sensitive nature” of land acquisition and heritage considerations, it is not “considered prudent to have a detailed discussion” yet.” But Cllr. Rioghnagh Bracken said the function needs to made safe.She said cars travelling towards Sallins cannot pass because the road is too narrow and there is no room.“The only way for traffic to pass other cars turning into Monread is to go on the footpath,” said Cllr. Bracken.

However the councillors were divided with Cllrs. Bracken and Mayor Emer McDaid saying that Sallins Road should get priority. But Cllr. Darren Scully said the Dublin Road would be prioritised because it’s the main commuter route. Cllr. Willie Callaghan said the yellow box would solve the problem. He also said the wall could be moved and this had been done elsewhere in Naas.




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