s275k roundabout revamp a danger, say angry drivers
IT'S enough to drive you around the bend.
This roundabout seemed perfectly fine -- yet €275,000 of taxpayers' money has been splashed out on an upgrade.
And it has left road-users complaining that it has now become a hazard.
Despite massive cutbacks to council services, workmen spent four months completing modifications to the Glenageary Road Upper intersection at Killiney Towers.
Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council told the Herald the upgrade, which began in November, cost taxpayers "in the order of €275,000".
"There was a period towards the completion of the project when work was delayed as the low temperatures were unsuitable for road resurfacing.
"This resurfacing was completed in February," a council spokesman said.
But Labour councillor Jane Dillon Byrne has told the Herald there is "a lot of disquiet" over the new layout.
"Some of my friends who cycle say that it is causing another problem. The (cycle) lane is on the outside and cars are on the inside of the roundabout.
"There's no clear indication who has the right of way. It's a problem," Ms Dillon Byrne said. She added that there had been no collisions at the intersection previously, but there have been "four accidents since they started doing the work".
Another councillor, Melisa Halpin, said: "A lot of people are not happy about it. There was no problem there (before).
"The council decided to go in there and make it safer for cyclists. No one I knew, or that I was aware of, had a problem with the (previous) roundabout."
She added: "There's quite a lot of concern from some people that it was a waste. They don't see what benefit it is."
A council spokesman insisted the work was done "in the interests of improving road safety, especially the safety of pedestrians and cyclists".
He said: "The existing roundabout layout had poor pedestrian and cycle facilities. Two-lane roundabouts with very wide approach roads facilitate speeding by vehicular traffic.
"This type of layout does create particular difficulties for cyclists, pedestrians and other vulnerable road users."
The spokesman added that, in the revised layout, vehicle speeds are slowed down by narrowing and realigning the approach and exit roads to the roundabout.
Pedestrians can also cross more easily, the council told the Herald.