Works to replace the footpaths on Newport Bridge will commence within the next couple of weeks, according to Mayo Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Rose Conway-Walsh, who raised the question at this week’s West Mayo Municipal meeting.
Speaking after the meeting which was held in Ionad Deirbhle, Aughleam, Cllr Conway-Walsh said: “The progress of the Newport footpaths was one of the issues I raised at our meeting with the National Road’s Authority last week. At Monday's meeting I sought clarification from the engineers as to when the work would commence and was reassured by the confirmation from the engineers that the work would start in the next couple of weeks. The replacement of these footpaths has been a health and safety issue for several years, it is a miracle that no one has been seriously injured. This was one of the issues prioritised by NADCO [Newport and District Development Company] when we met last year.
“Again at the NRA meeting, I stressed the importance of having pedestrian crossings in Newport. I was not convinced they understood the urgency of the situation so at yesterday's Municipal meeting I requested senior engineers from Mayo County Council to make direct contact with the NRA so this vital health and safety measure could be put in place.
“I was disappointed to learn that the proposed roundabout at the Mulranny/Achill/Ballycroy crossroads had not progressed with the NRA. I have again requested that Mayo Council Roads Design Office prepare a submission for the NRA to at least initiate funding for a full feasibility study. The development of Ballycroy National Park and the Wild Atlantic Way means that traffic management and clear signage at this crossroads on the N59 is vital in order to avoid serious accidents and confusion.”