Galway City Council is looking at altering the sequencing of traffic lights at new signalised junctions on the Brother na dTreabh corridor in an effort to combat traffic snarl-ups at peak hours.
Traffic is becoming backed up in the mornings at the Ballybane, Briarhill and Tuam Road junctions, with traffic becoming particularly backed up at the right-turning lane from the N6 Bothar na dTreabh leading to Ballybrit Business Park.
Galway City Council has no plans to alter the markings or design of these junctions, but the Galway Transportation Unit is currently working on ‘optimising green time’ at these signalised junctions, an operation that involves altering the maximum and minimum times at which the lights remain green to help alleviate traffic build-ups.
Galway City Council will also carry out some road works on the N6 this week as part of the Bothar na dTreabh Multi-Modal Corridor Improvement Scheme to extend the right turn lane at the Briarhill Junction from the N6 to the Monivea Road.
It is not anticipated that this work will disrupt traffic, as traffic on the N6 will be transferred to the hard shoulder to keep two lanes of traffic operating on the N6.
Work will also begin next Monday, 26 November on the Coolagh Roundabout aimed at narrowing the central island of the roundabout and realigning some of the splitter islands at the roundabout entries. Some traffic disruption can be expected due to the nature of this work.
Meanwhile, citizens of Galway are being asked to give their opinions on the work carried out under the Multi-Modal Corridor Improvement Scheme as well as on other road works carried out around the city as part of an online traffic survey.
The second phase of the online survey, being undertaken by Better Transport for Galway, a group that evolved after former Mayor Cllr Hildegarde Naughton’s traffic initiative, is a follow on to the extensive public engagement carried out by the ‘Better Transport for Galway Group’ last year where citizens were asked to suggest short to medium term cost effective measures that would improve traffic flow in the city.
The survey will run for an eight-week period, until 18 January 2013. It can be accessed on www.galwaytf.com and Better Transport for Galway can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Surveys will also be conducted on the ground throughout the city over the coming weeks. A report of the findings will be published in February 2013.