New Frenchpark traffic lights now operational

Roscommon County Council are pleased to announce that the first signal controlled junction in County Roscommon is now operational.

Frenchpark village was identified by Transport Infrastructure Ireland as being a high collision location due to the high frequency of traffic accidents at this busy intersection between the R361 and the N5.

Although Frenchpark is to be bypassed by the new N5 once constructed in approximately three years’ time, TII and Roscommon County Council felt that interim safety measures were required to reduce the collision rate.

In August 2022 Roscommon County Council appointed Tobin Consulting Engineers to design a safety scheme for the village and in August 2023 the elected members of Boyle Municipal District approved a Part 8 Planning application for the safety Scheme designed by Tobin Engineers.

The scheme as designed involved signalising the main junction on the N5 and junction improvements on the Boyle road to create a safer crossing point for pedestrians and reduce vehicle speeds on approach.

Funding for the project was confirmed by TII in January 2024 and Tower Construction were appointed as the main contractor. Works have been ongoing in the village since April.

In a press statement, Roscommon County Council said: “We are delighted that the traffic lights are now operational and a much safer environment has been created for all road users.

“Roscommon County Council would like to thank the elected members of Boyle Municipal District for approving these works and the people of Frenchpark for their patience while works were ongoing.

“Roscommon County Council urges all road users to exercise care while travelling through the village in the next few weeks until people become familiar with the new arrangement”.