Cllr Fintan Brett
Motorists avoiding delays caused by the work to create a third lane on the N7 are creating a hazard for pedestrians in Kill and Johnstown.
Rather than enduring delays as a result of the reduction in the speed limit to 80 kilometres per her hour, some drivers are opting to divert through Kill, Johnstown, or both.
“The villages are effectively being used as rat runs and it is difficult to cross the street between 3.30pm and 7pm most days and on Friday it starts even earlier,” said local councillor Fintan Brett.
He wants Kildare County council to install pedestrian crossings in both places so that pedestrians can cross safely. However the council said a preliminary site visit and assessment was carried out recently and signalised pedestrian crossings would warrant further assessments and costings. It said the total bill could come to €30,000.