Town Councillors in Letterkenny have backed a plan for localised improvements along the Windyhall Road but will continue to seek funding for a major scheme that involve a 145 metre extension to the Glencar Access road which would connect up with the Windyhall Road by means of a T-Junction.
Four options for the proposed Windyhall-Glencar Road link were put to the Council at Monday night’s meeting with members favouring the 350,000 euro development.
But with Executive Engineer of Donegal County Council’s Road Design office, Michael McFadden pointing out that the Safety Audit team had recommended the cheapeast of the options, councillors finally agreed to go with the localised improvements along the Windyhall route. This will involve the introduction of a left in/left out policy at the Windyhall/Kilmacrennan junction or alternatively the provision of solid islands on the route. The cost for these works will total 10,000 euro, members were told.
The option will result in traffic on the Windyhall road having to continue to use the existing T-Junction onto the Kilmacrennan Road. While it was reported that one minor collision had been recorded in the vicinity of the junction since 1994, councillors heard that this particular option was considered to be the worst in terms of pedestrian facilities as there is no footpath on the existing Windyhall Road.
“Advance warning signage indicating the presence of pedestrians would advise motorists to be aware of pedestrians walking in the carriageway ahead,” the report on the proposed link suggested.
Glencar Access Road
The option preferred by councillors would entail the extension of the Glencar Access Road by 145 metres which would sever the existing Windyhall Road and create a cul-de-sac on the lower Windyhall road. “It is proposed to tie the upper Windyhall Road into the Glencar access road by T-Junction at a more appropriate grade with the added benefit of extending the distance between the proposed Windyhall junction and existing IDA junction.” The proposal would also require significant third party lands, Mr. McFadden revealed.
After some discussion, councillors agreed to the 10,000 euro option but considered the extension of the Glencar Access Road as the most viable in the long term.