Roads authority to fix 50 worst bends


The National Roads Authority has compiled a list of the “State’s worst bends” which it plans to eliminate in the interests of safety.

Authority chief executive Fred Barry yesterday told TDs and Senators the top “50 or so” worst bends had been identified, and work was under way or at planning stage on making these safer.

The county in need of the most schemes was Co Tipperary, where seven bends were identified.

These were at Ballyhusty on the N74, four schemes on the N24, including two at Kilshane, and one each at Killavalla and at Borrisokane on the N52.

Six schemes were identified to eliminate the worst bends in Co Cork. Four of these bends were on the N72, including three at Dromagh and one at Ballyadeen.

A further six were identified in Co Kerry, including three on the N70, where two were at Aghatubrid townland and one at the Kilderry bends.

There were four bends identified as among the worst in Co Wicklow, and these were all on the N81. They were at Whitestown Lower, Tuckmill Upper, Knockroe and Irishtown West.

There were also four in each of Donegal, Cavan, Roscommon.

There was one in Meath, Carlow, Galway and Westmeath.