'Significant' change planned for 'fatal' junction between Tullamore and Mountmellick

The junction has been subject to serious complaints

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'Significant' change planned for 'fatal' junction between Tullamore and Mountmellick

'Significant' change planned for 'fatal' junction between Tullamore and Mountmellick

Plans are in place to change the flow of traffic at the 'fatal' junction for Clonaghadoo off the N80 between Mountmellick and Tullamore. 

Traffic coming from Mountmellick on the N80 will no longer turn off for Clonaghadoo at the junction is currently used (junction L-2091-24 pictured above) if the plans go ahead.

Instead, traffic will pass by this junction and take the next right turn approximately 200m further down the N80 in the direction of Tullamore (new junction pictured below).

The junction which is used at the moment will close to all turning movements except turning from the Local road onto the N80 towards Mountmellick.

The new road that will be used to access Clonaghadoo will have widening and resurfacing works done.

A stop sign will be put in to give right of way to traffic coming from the new junction, this is outlined in the plan available here. See a picture of the plan below. 

Road works for the Clonaghadoo junction opened for public consultation on Tuesday, February 13 and will remain in consultation until Monday, April 23.

In this time, members of the public can view the plans on the local authority website.

Submissions or observations should be made in writing to Kieran Kehoe, Director of Services, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise to be received no later than 4.00pm on Monday, April 23 2018.

Submissions should be clearly marked Clonaghadoo Part VIII.

At the January meeting of the Mountmellick/Borris-in-Ossory meeting, Senior Engineer, Paul McLoughlin,  said he was aware of all the ‘tragic, fatal incidents’ that occurred at the junction.

Cllr David Goodwin said that ‘tragic accidents’ have happened on the road.

“The proposal is that people won’t turn in after the incline on the N80, they will go to the second junction for Clonaghadoo. This will be a significant change in a well-established rural area,” he said.

Cllr Paddy Bracken said that there have been many calls for changes to this dangerous junction.

“This will change people’s way of doing things but that has to be done to change the safety, there has been tragic fatal accidents at that junction. Clonaghadoo school is a busy school and I have had calls about the junction,” he said.

The fatal turn off for Clonaghadoo on the N80 between Mountmellick and Tullamore is also in need of new signage for the school and church according to Cllr Seamus McDonald.

Laois County Council said that when the road safety scheme is carried out it can then look at providing signage for Clonaghadoo school and church off the N80.