Portarlington is to have two extra radar traffic speed warning lights after a decision at the recent Graiguecullen/Portarlington Municipal Authority meeting to prioritise these over footpaths.
The budget meeting was held last week to decide how much would be spent on each area from the €120,000 pot over the coming year.
With councillors basically having an allocation of €20,000 each, all that was to be decided was what amount would be spent in various sectors.
Acting county manager Gerry Murphy suggested that the councillors focus their funding on footpaths, radar signs, traffic-calming, community projects and public lighting. He said any public lighting funding should focus on “filling gaps in infrastructure”.
Each radar speed warning sign costs €3,600 each and each area where they are erected would need two, area engineer Orla Barrett told the meeting. She said this cost only covers the hardware and additional labour costs would bring the price for two signs to around €8,000. Only three areas have been covered by these radar signs in the Portarlington area, she said. She said they also have one mobile set which can be moved around through various villages. “Swan and Arles would be a priority,” she said. The difficulty on entering Arles is that motorists come upon the school straight away, she said.
The local authority is no longer able to put lights on ESB poles, so it now costs approximately €3,000 to erect a light.
Outlining the cost of traffic calming, Ms Barrett said a speed table, which raises a section of the road, costs around €5,000, and can also have public lighting implications.
Councillors agreed to spend €32,000 on footpaths, €30,000 on traffic calming, €12,000 on community projects, €28,000 on radar lights and €18,000 on public lights.
The municipal district chairman Cllr Padraig Fleming welcomed the agreement reached. “It is very good news for us as councillors to have an extra say in financial planning, which gives us a bit more discretion. I hope a lot of positive things can happen over the next five years,” he said.