Waterford Councils Roads Director says the Ardkeen area of the City has developed faster than the road network can handle.
The issue of traffic ‘chaos’ on the Dunmore Road was raised recently by councillors, with roundabouts at the Uluru and at Ballinakill Shopping centre being singled out as trouble spots.
Fergus Galvin says it’s become a highly developed part of the City, and as a result there was a necessity for the creation of several safe crossing points.
He says, “You have the hospital across the road, you have large residential developments, the shopping centres and there is significant pedestrian footfall – that’s why we have pedestrian crossings in those locations.”
The roads director says that even a few dozen more cars on a road at any given time can completely change the traffic flow.
“If you added, say between the hours of 8 and 9 o’clock in the morning, a couple of hundred more or a couple of hundred less, t would make a hell of a difference between the road being manageable and total gridlock.”
Mr. Galvin says that going forward, the focus needs to be on more sustainable forms of transport for the City, which would include improved bus and cycling infrastructure.
“If you keep adding more and more cars onto the same road network that’s already starting to creak, it just won’t work.”