By Emma Ryan
A COUNCILLOR has warned that someone will be killed at a busy Letterkenny junction if works are not carried out to make the junction safer.
Cllr Donal Coyle has called on the council to carry out urgent traffic calming measures on the L1114 from the junction at Bonagee to the crossroads at Letterkenny Concrete and Quarry products (Ready-mix) at Cullion Road, Scribley.
Speaking at last week’s meeting of the Letterkenny Milford MD, Cllr Coyle highlighted the dangerous junction and the speed of cars travelling on the road.
“At the crossroads at the readymix, there was a young girl who had just passed her driving test and a car came down across the road and hit her car,” he said.
“She ended up in A & E but luckily was not seriously injured but she could have been killed.
“Someone is going to be killed at that junction,” said Cllr Coyle.
He added he had also been speaking to someone who crossed the road but did not realise there was crossing there.
He continued, “I would plead with the council to do something before there is a fatal accident.
“On the Bonagee Road on the way to the crossroads, going up the hill, residents living on the lower side of the hill are totally blind.
“There is one house where in order for the daughter to get out of the house, the father has to stand on the road and direct her out.
“There is very little signage, no writing on the road and there is a low sign at the top of the hill but you would hardly see it,” said Cllr Coyle.
The motion was seconded by Cllr Ciaran Brogan who agreed it is a dangerous junction which would benefit from works.
David McIlwaine, Senior Executive Engineer at Donegal County Council said he would get engineers out to have a look at the crossroads and see about the possibiltiy of getting advanced warning and stop signs installed.
He added that it is the drivers’ own responsibility to stop at stop signs.
A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said, “As part of the 2023 Low-Cost accident scheme , traffic calming measures have been recently introduced on the L1114.
“An assessment will be carried out to establish if additional safety measures can be added to improve the safety of the junction. Initial assessments have shown that the Stop signs are clearly visible at the junction.”