File photo of Prosperous
Prosperous residents are seriously concerned that if changes are not made to a dangerous crossroads soon, someone could end up dead.
Appeals are being made to sign a petition to make the road safer.
A spokesperson said: "This petition is to encourage Kildare County Council to make changes to an extremely dangerous crossroads and a stand with the people of Prosperous now - before it is too late and someone ends up severely injured or worse... dead. Approaching the cross from the Clane or Allenwood direction, there is no traffic calming measure put in place to facilitate the safe crossing of children and adult members of the village. Morning and afternoon/evening school runs have become extremely hazardous for everyone. There is approximately 10 seconds from when the traffic lights turn red (R403) to the point the pedestrian lights turn green. While this should be ample time to allow a car obeying the lights to get across the cross before the pedestrian lights turn green, a frightening amount of cars are breaking the red traffic light five or six seconds after turning red resulting in near collisions with pedestrians or not getting across the cross in time and getting stuck in the middle of the cross. This then can cause a blockage for the next wave of traffic coming from the R408 side as the person who initially broke the lights cannot see the green light from a different junction at the cross. This has become a major problem that seriously needs to be looked at."
The statement added: "Barriers around the cross roads are now badly needed. There are 2 sides of the crossing between the church and school and also a stretch along the corner of the school towards the pedestrian lights that have barriers but these barriers need to extend to all four corners of the cross road as the pedestrian lights are right next to the main road. Lorries and cars are flying through the village while hundreds of children are waiting at those lights every morning literally inches from the traffic. What makes it worse is that because there are no filter lights for traffic coming from both ways on the R403, cars and lorries are mounting the pavement right next to pedestrians."