Traffic Calming Measures at Market Square, Dundalk
As part of the design process a road safety audit was carried out at the Market Square on completion. The auditor identified excessive speed on the approach from the Demesne through Market Square to Crowe Street as a safety issue. The recommended measures included the introduction of a 30km zone which has been implemented and further traffic calming measures to reduce the speed of the traffic.
The traffic calming measures that are being put in place to reduce speed along Market Square south include two additional ramps (see Drawing 1).
The audit also identified the lack of visibility for pedestrians at the pedestrian crossing at Market Square. In order to improve safety for pedestrians, temporary concrete bollards are being placed which will reduce the width of the crossing so that the pedestrian has only one lane of traffic to cross at the Vodafone Store on the Market Square. Traffic from Long Walk will yield to traffic from the Park Street / Demesne direction and will merge into a single lane on Market Square south before the pedestrian crossing (see Drawing 1). This revised traffic arrangement will be monitored and the safety audit team will revisit. If the desired effect is achieved, the slowing down of traffic in the Market Square and a safer crossing point at the pedestrian crossing at the Vodafone Store, then the kerb line will be changed permanently.
In order to formalise the traffic flow priority arrangement from Clanbrassil Street to Crowe Street, and to improve pedestrian safety a longitudinal rumble strip will be installed on Crowe Street as part of these improved measures for safety (see Drawing 2).
These works will commence on site the week commencing the 9th July 2012. The works will result in a shuttle arrangement for traffic management on Market Square and Crowe Street.
Director of Services and Town Clerk
Traffic Calming Measures at Market Square (Drawing 1).pdf (size 619.1 KB)
Traffic Calming Measures at Market Square (Drawing 2).pdf (size 361.9 KB)