Traffic management on N11 is not up to standard

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Local residents living along the N11 bypass extension say traffic management is not up to standard.

These emotions are bred from the current situation transpiring on the N11 between Jack Whites and The Beehive public houses. This particular stretch of road is one of the most lethal in the county, with memorials to those who have lost their live travelling on it dotted all along the roadside. Locals feel that yet more life is going to be lost if action is not taken immediately.

The problem lies with the clouds of dust which are rising from the road surface causing a serious problem with visibility. This dust is being caused by armadas of Lorries moving soil in conjunction with the upgrade works being carried out on this stretch of road. A road washer from Buncrana in Co. Donegal is doing its best to alleviate the problem but sadly it is only a drop in the ocean in terms of prevention. It is also causing a chronic traffic congestion problem. When you couple this with the complete lack of traffic management and the closure of the R754 road it is causing an incredibly dangerous situation.

The direct effect of this was witnessed by locals on the afternoon of July 16th last when two ambulances were seen leaving the scene of an accident at the Barndarrig Filling station, centrally located on the aforementioned stretch of road. Information has been forthcoming to us which has ascertained that there was no loss life in the incident, but will we be as lucky in the future if conditions remain the same? Locals deserve at the very least traffic management on the ground at peak times. They feel that the Lorries could use the newly engineered road, which is a dirt track under construction running adjacent to the N11, to move soil.

Since the beginning of upgrade works locals have had to put up with the closure of roads, excessive traffic and in some cases a loss of business. We request that their demands are met; it is the least they deserve.

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