Monday 27 March 2017

Bill keeps adding up as damage goes unrepaired

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE longer the country's local and regional roads go unrepaired, the more it will cost to make good the damage.

Local authorities now face a stark choice -- ignore the repairs for this year in the hope that money is available in 2011, or dip into other budgets to make up the shortfall. But with at least another €4bn to be cut from public spending next year, there's a high likelihood that no money will be available to do the works in 2011.

Motorists don't care where the money comes from. All they want is for the repairs to happen and to avoid damage to their vehicles. Ireland has almost 100,000km of road, one of the highest in Europe per head of population. About 95,000km is classed as local or regional, but many are heavily trafficked and unrepaired damage will cause motorists no end of frustration.

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