New roundabout drives motorists around the bend
A NEWLY upgraded South Dublin roundabout has caused confusion among motorists and cyclists.
Drivers are having difficulty differentiating between separate lanes on the roundabout at Sandyford Hall on Kilgobbin Road in Dublin 18.
Work on the route was completed in recent days but the finished product has left many drivers scratching their heads.
As our photographs show, the lane marked for bicycles looks wider than the one for vehicles.
And Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown Co Council's traffic section has admitted the redesign is not operating as intended and further work is now required.
Labour councillor Lettie McCarthy said the route is located at a point where large numbers of pedestrians cross the road.
"There is a gaelscoil in Belarmine so you had a lot of children coming through from The Gallops (residential development) and all the people using the Luas were crossing the road at the roundabout," she told the Herald.
"Cars went through it at speed so pedestrians didn't have a chance to cross really. Some cars were stopping and some weren't – children were getting mixed messages."
Work was carried out with the aim of getting drivers to slow down as they entered and exited the roundabout.
Pedestrian lights will also be installed at the location.
"It was a huge concern before, especially for people who had younger children. The big concern was for people crossing the road. Pressure was put on councillors to make that area safer because it was so busy," Ms McCarthy said.
She was informed by a road engineer that the lane marked for bicycles is, in fact, a shared lane for motorists as well as cyclists.
"There's a great big bicycle painted on it. That means the lane is shared. It's a new road sign, that's what that is. I didn't know that and I don't know who knows it. It's not the normal bicycle sign," Ms McCarthy said.
The inner lane, which has no markings and is separated by kerbing, is for larger vehicles like trucks and buses.
Ms McCarthy received an email from the local authority's traffic department to say the new roundabout "is not operating as intended".
Car drivers are continuing to take the inner route and, as a result, the roundabout is not slowing down traffic to a sufficient degree.
The council has now instructed the contractor to increase the height of the kerbing.
It's not the first time Dun Laoghaire council has had a problem with a redesigned roundabout. It had to spend €155,000 on redesigning the layout of the Killiney Towers roundabout on Upper Glenageary Road just a year after a €275,000 upgrade of the route left road users bemused.