Road works needed at dangerous Dag Weld's Cross

Named accident black spot in 2016

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Call for road works to begin at dangerous Dag Weld's Cross

Dag Weld's Cross

A local councillor has called on a timeline for road works to begin at Dag Welds cross.

At the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District meeting on December 20, Fianna Fail Cllr Sean Power said road works are needed to make the cross safer.

He also asked Kildare County Council what source of funding will be used to fund the project.

The cross roads which is on the R402 has traffic coming from Prosperous, Coill Dubh, Allenwood and Caragh.

“It is the scene of a number of fatalities, and a number of accidents”, said Cllr Power.

A response issued at the meeting said; A request for further funding from the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) has to be made as the works required do not meet the criteria for the Low Cost Accident Safety Scheme due to the need for land acquisition, design, services relocation etc.

Cllr Power said it is important to look at other options.

In 2016, two of the worst accident black spots in the Kildare Newbridge district were identified by council officials.

KCC Area engineer Brigette Rae said Dag Weld's Cross and the Pollardstown/Rathbridge junction were considered to be accident black spots.