Whitmore asks Irish Water to solve traffic management problems in Redcross – WicklowNews
TD Social Democrats for Wicklow Jennifer Whitmore has called on Irish Water to urgently address traffic management issues in Redcross. Irish Water is progressing with Phase 2 of Barndarrig’s water upgrade program which will see the construction of the remaining 1.5km of new water mains connecting recently installed water mains to the water treatment plant. Redcross water. To facilitate this and associated works, Irish Water has completely closed the R754 road (in both directions) for the duration of the project.
Speaking on the matter, Deputy Whitmore said: ‘I have been in contact with Irish Water following concerns from local residents in the Redcross area about the closure. Although they previously advised me that a full closure would not be necessary to undertake this work, Irish Water have now said that a full closure is necessary due to health and safety concerns, but that traffic are positioned throughout the working day to direct traffic.
“However, this traffic management plan was not fit for purpose. Recently a woman contacted me to say that her emergency call for an ambulance resulted in a 20 minute delay from the doctors as there was no clear diversion route and the ambulance got lost along the way. Fortunately, nothing tragic happened, but it really scared this woman and the locals.
“Residents are also frustrated with the lack of clear diversion signs, the fact that the road is closed even when no work is being undertaken and the condition of the roads to which traffic is diverted.
“To avoid any further escalation of traffic problems on this section of the road, I have written to Irish Water asking for a clear indication of improved traffic management and a traffic diversion plan. This must include ensuring emergency vehicles have access at all times, improved communications regarding road closure, proper storage of off-road machinery, a Stop and Go system and a community liaison person to manage the concerns of the inhabitants of the region. As this project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2022, that is a long time for such an inconvenience. I have asked for this issue to be a priority for Irish Water,” says Whitmore.