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Campaign prompts review of work at notorious junction

A car coming from the direction of Carrickmore is hidden by a crest on the Whitebridge Road close to its junction with the Cloughfin Road. This situation has proved dangerous for vehicles pulling out of ‘Larry’s Crossroads.’

A CAMPAIGN by residents living close to a notorious junction on the Whitebridge Road outside Sixmilecross has prompted a review of a planned Transport NI scheme to improve sightlines in the area.

Locals instead want the removal of a dangerous dip on the approach to the junction, which is popularly known as ‘Larry’s Crossroads.’
They say a £25,000 project to erect new warning signage does not go far enough.

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The stretch is used daily by hundreds of motorists travelling from Carrickmore to Ballygawley.

People living close by say there have been a number of ‘near-misses’ since the need for remedial action was first raised with roads officials four years ago in response to a fatal collision.

Darren Mullin said people almost had to edge out to the middle of the road before getting a clear view of traffic coming from the direction of Carrickmore.

“There have been plenty of crashes over the years and they’ve usually been caused by the same problem of cars not being able to see properly towards Carrickmore,” he said.

“Cars can build up a fairly high speed on this road. If someone is pulling out at Larry’s Crossroads and can’t see a car coming, then there’s no chance for the other driver either.”

Seamus Nugent, who also lives nearby and uses the junction on a daily basis, wants action before there’s another serious collision.
“If the height was removed, then there would be a far clearer view for motorists crossing the Whitebridge Road,” he said.

In response to the concerns, Transport NI has said it will now assess a scheme to remove the crest on the road and further improve visibility, with a view to having it included in the next draft programme of works for 2018-2020.

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