Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice, who said that the meeting had been organised at his behest, has welcomed the progess made.
He said he welcomes the fact that the senior representatives from TII acknowledged the concerns highlighted by those present and gave a commitment to fund works to put a right turn filter lane in place.
Deputy Fitzmaurice added: “It has been agreed that the next phase of the project will consist of drawings of the works required being completed in conjunction with Eugene Dwyer from Roscommon County Council.
“The clock has now started to tick on this project and all of the stakeholders need to work together in unison to overcome any obstacles which may arise. These works need to be progressed quickly and efficiently, before someone is seriously injured or even killed at the junctions for Croghan and Cootehall on the N4,” Deputy Fitzmaurice concluded.
Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said that these works will now address the ‘death traps’ on the two accident blackspots which he said were continually putting people’s lives at risk.
Deputy Murphy added: “It could be the end of next summer before these works are carried out and that is why I am adamant that flashing lights be erected in the interim. We are coming into a busy period and traffic will increase. Flashing lights could be erected relatively quickly and represent a short-term solution before the new works are carried out. The TII agreed to also look at this possibility”.
Both TDs commended the local activists who have been campaigning on the issue.
Also welcoming the news, Senator Frank Feighan said he wanted to compliment the local community and local politicians who have campaigned vigorously on this issue. He said he now looks forward to the “turning lanes” being put in place as soon as possible in order to “address the dangers which have been highlighted for many years by local people”.
Senator Maura Hopkins said that she was pleased that Transport Infrastructure Ireland engaged with the community representatives in such a constructive manner.
She said that she is now confident that long-term solutions can be put in place to improve road safety at the Cootehall and Croghan junctions.
Senator Hopkins added that the local community representatives need to be acknowledged for their hard work on this issue.