A COMPLAINT has been heard that major problems are being encountered on a normally quiet residential road in Killarney because of a huge increase in the number of motorists using it to avoid traffic jams elsewhere.
Cllr Niall O’Callaghan has highlighted the situation on St Margaret’s Road – which links Rock Road with the busy Michael Moynihan Roundabout in Ballydowney – and he has asked council officials to take action to tackle urgent the problem.
“It has turned into a little bit of a racing track,” he told a meeting of Killarney Municipal District Council this Wednesday.
He said motorists are determine to avoid traffic congestion on Hans Liebherr Road and many of them are opting to pass – many at high speed – through St Margaret’s Road to shorten their journey.
“At 5 o’clock in the evenings the number of cars on that road is frightening,” said Cllr O’Callaghan who added that the residents don’t want speed ramps installed as they are too noisy.
Council officials said a traffic count and speed survey was conducted on the road but the results did not indicate that there were excessive volumes of traffic.
The research did show, however, that 35 per cent of vehicles using St Margaret’s Road were travelling in excess of the 50km/h speed limit.
“The optimum solution would be to narrow the carriageway which will slow down the traffic with the associated benefit of creating an increased area which could be used by vulnerable road users,” council officials stated in a written response to Cllr O’Callaghan.
The council said that will be advanced in time but the short-term solution will be to provide additional road markings and signage along the roadway.
Killarney Community Hospital and Cheshire Home are both located off St Margaret’s Road, along with the Millwood and Coolgreane estates and a row of private houses.