The announcement of capital funding for the long awaited Sallins by-pass and M7 upgrade projects is welcome. Having campaigned strenuously for years on this issue, these road projects will bring a dramatic improvement to the lives of people living in Sallins and travelling through as well as the thousands who use the M7 everyday. A by-pass for Sallins was first talked about in the late 1990s. After many stop-start attempts at the much needed project, I welcome the announcement today of funding for this. However, as we’ve seen many times before, we won’t be sure until the actual roadworks under way. The Government had already stalled this project at the start of the year.
The Osberstown junction in Sallins is overloaded and dangerous at times as traffic struggles to get out here. I was delighted to have my motion for a yellow box passed at council and put in place. Hopefully this will make some difference to the daily congestion here. However, I will continue to explore options for a long term solution at the junction to relieve the chronic traffic situation.
The vexed junction at Osberstown in Sallins may finally be in for some good news as James Lawless, local Fianna Fáil representative, has been advised by the National Transport Authority that a survey recently commissioned will report shortly with a verdict.
“The issue has dragged on for years” said James “The junction is patently dangerous and there has been a number of near misses and actual collisions there already. It is only good luck to date that no one has yet been seriously hurt”. The junction sees traffic from Oldbridge estate, Caragh and surrounding areas exit onto the main Sallins-Naas road and is notorious for a lack of safe exit for right turning traffic.