Up to 180 to repair just one metre of road

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Up to 180 to repair just one metre of road thumbnailCllr Danny Ownes.

IT will cost up to €18,000 to carry out work on just 100 metres of road, according to figures presented to Tullamore Municipal District last week.
€36,000 has been allocated for reconstruction and restoration work on a 200-metre stretch of the regional road between Clara and Ballycumber.
A similar amount has been allocated for 200 metres of the same road, the R436, between Clara and Kilbeggan.
Also on the R436, €31,601 will be spent on 180 metres of the road at Leabeg.
In the Mountbolus area, it will cost an estimated €10,000 for repair work on 100 metres on the L-20104-1 county road.
Other work is not as costly per metre, such as €7,000 for 200 metres of road in Killoughy and €35,000 for one kilometre on the L-2013-2 at Killiskea/Kilbride.
John Connolly, council engineer, reported to last Thursday's meeting of the Tullamore Municipal District that €1.366 million will be spent in the area on regional and county roads, streets and footpaths in towns, and bridges, this year.
"It's skewed this year more in favour of local roads and less in favour of regional because that's where the need is," Mr Connolly told councillors.
County roads will eat up nearly €700,000 of the total expenditure, with the major projects being three kilometres on the Gurteen back road, 1.3 kilometres at Wilton/Cransallagh (near Ballycumber), and a kilometre each in Killiskea/Kilbride, Killeenmore and Beleek.
After that there are many shorter distances of road being repaired around the Tullamore Municipal District, which runs from Clara and Ballycumber to Killoughy and Killeigh.
Mr Connolly acknowledged that certain roads had been selected for the list of works at the exclusion of others.
"All of those roads are basically probably not more than a three on the condition apex which registers from one to ten," he said.
"So the roads are in dire need of work and so it would be very hard to push anything off the list."
He added that "lengths are shorter" in some cases "just to try to get the worst of the roads done".
A total of €207,632 is allocated for the towns of Tullamore and Clara, including €45,000 for the roundabout at Harbour Street/Henry (O'Carroll) Street in Tullamore and €36,000 for sections of Church Road in Tullamore.
It will cost €28,000 for work on 200 metres of footpath on Bachelors Walk, linking Ashley Court with the pedestrian crossing at the top of the road.
Another €25,000 has been earmarked for work on a footpath at Charleville Road in the county town.
In Clara, €14,000 will be spent extending the footpath along the New Road towards Clara Bog.
Reacting to the roads programme, Cllr Danny Owens, Fianna Fail, said all the roads on the list were worthy of their place and were "badly damaged".
"I'm looking at a couple that I've driven on myself in places like Killeenmore, Gurteen and places where the roads are in a horrible state," said Cllr Owens.
He understood funds were limited but added: "There is some which are equally nearly as bad as this and there is one in particular in my head which I won't say but I've been talking to John about it already."
His party colleague, Cllr Tony McCormack, said the available funding meant only certain roads could be done and the engineer had picked out those which "most needed" work.
Cllr McCormack said he was delighted to see the Charleville Road and Bachelors Walk footpaths on the list and hoped the Daingean Road footpath will be included in the future.
"You've made a small amount of money go a long way," he summed up.
Cllr Frank Moran, Fianna Fail, said he hoped work either side of Kilbride cross in Clara would be included in a future programme.
Cllr Dervill Dolan, Independent, said the core problem was insufficient Government funding.
"We'd probably need three times that amount to deal with the amount of roads that people have been making representations to us about," remarked Cllr Dolan.
District chair, Cllr Declan Harvey, said he would not welcome the plan as warmly as his colleagues.
"I'm happy with it and I'm disappointed at the same time," he said. Many roads and paths in the town of Tullamore require work.
"There should be a lot more in it," stated the Fianna Fail councillor.
Cllr Moran said he was "appalled" to see the allocation for low cost safety work on roads set at €7,144./
"It was €225,000 for the whole county last year," he recalled.
Mr Connolly described the 2017 grant for low cost safety as a "bonanza" and explained the allocations are based on safety and accident statistics.
The projects put forward by the council "didn't get passed", he said.


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