THE Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, has commended the residents of Balla and Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) for agreeing traffic calming measures in order to make Balla a safer place.
It has been agreed to introduce an 80 km/h speed limit zone on the approach to Balla from Claremorris.
This will be put in place for a distance of between 1,000 metres and 1,500 metres on the approach to the 50 km/h zone which begins on the outskirts of the town. The exact length will be agreed with engineering and road safety staff in Mayo County Council.
He explained: “I am hopeful that these traffic calming measures will make Balla a safer place in which to live and work. I commend the local community and TII for the cooperative and practical approach they have taken in relation to this matter.
“Crucially, I urge all motorists to pay heed to these new speed limits once they are introduced. We depend on them in order to make this a success. I note that the TII is committing to keep the matter at Ardboley under review on an ongoing basis, and the issue can be revisited if required.”