A new lane system is being sought to solve traffic and safety concerns at Mountain Top Roundabout.
The roundabout is one of the busiest areas of Letterkenny and can be the source of tailbacks at peak times in the mornings and evenings.
Cllr Michael McBride has put forward a suggestion that a review of the layout could ease some issues.
Speaking at this week’s Letterkenny-Milford MD meeting, Cllr McBride said there are a number of issues at the site. The first, he said, was the volume of traffic going through. The second was issues with foliage, which is affecting the vision lines for people coming out of Calhame. The third problem, Cllr McBride said, is that there are three lanes coming onto the roundabout and two lanes closing into one in a short distance.
“It’s something that is not working and we have to do something about it,” Cllr McBride said.
He has asked the council and the TII look at reducing the two lane on to the roundabout to one lane about 150 yards on the Illistrin side, then re-opening to two lane 50 yards before the roundabout with the right lane for traffic turning towards Curraghleas to help traffic flow at peak hours.
Donegal County Council has agreed to have the Road Safety Engineer examine the site. They will report back on the need and scope of a potential HD 17 Road Safety Inspection at this location. If an inspection is carried out, then all options will be considered to deal with the issues.