Councillor Welcomes Proposed New Road Works For Newcastle West

Newcastle West based Councillor Damien Riedy, has welcomed the decision of the Limerick County Council to upgrade and extend the footpath on St Mary’s Road, Newcastle West which will link up with St. Ita’s Terrace in town. This work will be carried out in conjunction with the National Roads Authority (NRA) who will be carrying out major resurfacing works on the N21 from the Courtenay Lodge Hotel to the Church in the town in 2014.

Councillor Riedy since becoming a Councillor for the area in 2011 has raised the issue of upgrading and extending the footpath on St Mary’s Road. “Having been raised in Rathina, I am acutely aware of the health and safety issues of crossing the road at this point in the town. It is the only major part of the town that had been left without a footpath, I am glad Limerick County Council have taken the representations that I have been making over the years into account as well as the concerns of residents.”

This footpath and road resurfacing works will ensure that people will now have a safe way of crossing the main road (N21), which up to 16,000 cars and other vehicles use in entering the town on any given day. St. Mary’s Road also has a high volume of pedestrians, hundreds of people walk in this area each day particularly with the closely proximity to the secondary schools.

I know that this announcement will be particularly welcomed by the many residents in the area who have been looking for these works for many years. I am glad to have worked with these residents over this time and am now calling on Limerick County Council to sanction the proposed plans and to proceed with this work immediately.