CYCLE lanes and more parking spaces should replace bollards and out-builds no longer needed in Mountrath, since it was bypassed by the M7 motorway.
Cllr James Kelly made the proposal at a council meeting, as he called for removal of old traffic-calming measures in Patrick Street.
Cllr Kelly said bollards and out-builds were needed when the town was on the N7 national route. Now that Mountrath is bypassed, they should be removed to provide space for cycle lanes and parking.
At the latest meeting of Borris-in-Ossory/Mountmellick Municipal District, cllr Kelly said the road from the N7 to the R455 is very busy, as it serves schools, a church, a soccer pitch and a GAA field.
He asked Laois County Council to remove bollards and out-builds in Patrick Street to provide badly-needed extra space, now that the N7 has been downgraded to a regional route.
Acting senior engineer Edmond Kenny said a road safety audit could be carried out to consider the appropriateness of existing out-builds. However, he said that any proposed works should be carried out only as part of an overall proposal for the town.
Cllr Kelly said he hoped such a survey could be carried out as soon as possible. He also asked for road safety signs and road markings on the R430, from the M7 bridge at Trumera to Gilman’s Corner, Mountrath.
Mr Kenny replied that the relevant section of the R430 is a bog rampart. He said that while the pavement surface is quite good overall, the county council will upgrade signage and road markings at the site.