Traffic calming plan to be designed for Ballydowney in Killarney

Killarney Town Council Killarney Municipal District is to design a traffic calming plan for an area of Killarney town following a deputation from residents. The December meeting of the municipal district heard the coroner has written to the council and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to improve safety in the Ballydowney area. This followed a fatality in the area. A deputation from residents of Ballydowney also requested the cutting of trees in the area to improve sight distance for motorists and that the Gardai have a presence in the area to curtail speeding particularly at peak traffic times. Council engineer Paul Neary told the meeting that the NRA now known as Traffic Infrastructure Ireland has agreed to accept a traffic calming design plan from Gort Road to Ballydowney Roundabout. The council will be begin the design in January and expect to submit it to TII in spring 2016. The design will include footpath widening, a pedestrian crossing and digital signage. Tree cutting will take place in the next week to improve sight distance for traffic in the meantime.