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Funding secured for major improvement works on ‘dangerous’ roundabout on busy Laois road

Major improvement works are set to be carried out in the coming months on a ‘dangerous’ roundabout on a busy Laois road.

The roundabout in question is on the Dublin Road outside the Fieldbrook Estate in Portlaoise and is of the painted variety rather than the typical structural ones.

Those painted versions are dotted around the town but safety issues related to this particular roundabout have been constantly raised by Sinn Fein Cllr Caroline Dwane-Stanley.

Cllr Dwane-Stanley requested a road safety audit last year and the results, back in December, showed that it did not meet the required standard.

So, Laois County Council applied for funding and €30,000 was secured this morning to carry out the works that are required.

Engineer Wes Wilkinson explained: “We now have completed the design for this project.

“It will involve highlighting the junction from the Fieldbrook estate onto the Dublin road, erecting cycle way bollards and raising the centre of the roundabout to turn it into an island dome type structure.

“It is envisaged that works will commence in the early part of the summer.”

Responding to the news at this morning’s meeting of the Portlaoise Municipal District, Cllr Dwane-Stanley said this would bring great relief to the residents in the area.

She said: “This is certainly very welcome news and I want to thank the Council staff for their work.

“Anyone who travels on that road will know how dangerous it currently is.”

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.