• As roadworks continue on the N60 on the outskirts of Balla, Mayo County Council has installed two high-definition CCTV cameras in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the road works site.

    Two CCTV cameras have now been installed where upgrade works are ongoing on the N60 at Lagnamuck, Balla in a bid to stop motorists breaking the traffic lights, and speeding through the road works.

    Gardai will also have a presence at this location to monitor driver behaviour, and enforce the lower speed limit where road works are underway.

    Footage from the CCTV cameras will be fed back to Gardai, who will issue fixed charge penalty notices to any drivers found speeding or breaking the traffic lights.

    Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons says this campaign is aimed at reminding drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs, to keep roadside workers safe while these upgrade works are underway.


  • Mayo County Council says it's unacceptable that some drivers are putting the lives of road workers in danger, by breaking traffic lights and speeding through roadworks.

    Representatives of An Garda Siochana, Mayo County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland launched a campaign in Balla this morning, to remind road users that roadworks are like any other workplace, and road workers have a right to work in a safe environment.

    CCTV cameras have been installed where the N60 is being upgraded on the outskirts of Balla, in a bid to crack down on motorists breaking traffic lights and speeding through the roadworks site, and Gardai say prosecutions will follow.

    Initially, there were over 200 motorists breaking the red lights at the roadworks - this has improved since the CCTV cameras were installed, according to Mayo's Road Safety Officer Noel Gibbons.

    However, he says a small minority of drivers are still putting roadworkers lives in danger by not taking care when they go through roadworks.

    Speaking to Midwest News in Balla today, Noel Gibbons said this campaign will also be extended to other roadwork sites across the county....

  • Residents in Balla and commuters using the N60 are concerned about vehicles increasing speed and breaking the lights at the ongoing roadworks on the outskirts of Balla village.

    That's according to Fine Gael General Election candidate in Mayo Alan Dillon, who along with Castlebar Councillor Ger Deere, met this week with residents in the Churchfield Estate in Ballina.

    Alan Dillon believes the CCTV cameras put in place to detect drivers breaking the red lights are not working, and says further action is needed by Mayo County Council, the contractors and Gardai and remind drivers to slow down and heed the instructions from traffic control personnel and temporary road signs at this location.

    Alan Dillon says he will be raising the matter with the Mayo Road Safety Office, while his colleague Councillor Deere will bring the issue up at the next meeting of the Castlebar Municipal District.

  • Roadworks taking place on the Foxford road entrance to Ballina have been causing significant delays for motorists, as well as for emergency vehicles such as ambulances.

    That's according to Ballina-based TD Dara Calleary, who's calling on the contractors to work over weekends to ensure the roadworks on the N26 are completed as soon as possible.

    While welcoming the works, the Fianna Fail TD says it makes sense to work on the scheme 7 days per week to ensure it's completed before December, and he says some arrangement needs to be put in place with Hollister, to enable staff to access the exit the premises when shifts are starting and ending.

  • There are long tailbacks on the N59 from Ballysadare towards Ballina.

    It’s very busy both ways on the N59 approaching works just outside Ballysadare from the church on the Ballina side.

    Midwest Radio News understands that road works have the road down to one narrow lane.

    Motorists driving HGV's should use an alternate route if possible.

  • A section of road is closed to traffic in Foxford town centre today and will remained closed to traffic for part of tomorrow.

    The complete relaying of the street surface is being carried out by Mayo County Council, from Clarkes corner on Lower Main St to the Providence road junction.

    Diversions are in place, and local councillor Neill Cruise told Midwest News this morning  that there is access to the Foxford Woollen Mills and the green road while the works are underway.