South Kilkenny may be set for sponsored roundabouts, with tentative approval for the idea from private roads company Celtic Roads Group following an enquiry at the recent Piltown Electoral Area meeting.
Cllr Eamon Aylward (FF) had asked CRG operations manager Declan Cahill whether he would accept private sponsorship of individual roundabouts.
Mr Cahill said that a number of private companies had already enquired about roundabout signage.
“The NRA generally do not like it at all,” he said.
However, he said that sponsorship of roundabouts would be permitted, as long as it was of acceptable standards and compliant design.
Cllr Tomas Breathnach (Lab) asked whether sponsorship of roundabouts would affect who was responsible for their maintenance.
Mr Cahill said that it was an issue, but that undertaking sponsorship would also convey certain responsibilities and liabilities.
In his update to the councillors on the N25 Waterford bypass, which is owned and operated by CRG, Mr Cahill told the meeting that the signage would be completed before June.
“I have contractors on the road putting in 81 signs in total,” he said.
“Relic signs will be completed by the end of the month, Ian Gardner specified to priortise them. The whole project will be finished by the end of the month.”
Mr Cahill said that some of the current signage was being ignored by motorists, who had in some cases become reliant on personal GPS navigators. Unless the systems were right up to date, they do not recognise the road sending the motorists into the ferry underpass. The signs are now being enhanced, with strategically placed speed ramps under construction before the underpass.
When Cllr Pat Dunphy (FG) enquired as to the level of usage on the toll road, Mr Cahill replied: “I have no intention of divulging that information whatsoever.”