Sunday 26 October 2014

Concern that newly repaired road is already deteriorating

Donal Nolan

Published 11/09/2013 | 05:36

Tony Uljee, Sean Roche and Brian Finucane at the recently repaired stretch of road at Gortnacoca Bridge, Ballylongford, which, they claim, needs more work. Photo Ann McNamee

A NEW stretch of road in Ballylongford has left motorists wondering if it has been finished at all as they say it is like driving on 'corrugated iron' and is already deteroriating in places.

Over €70,000 was spent on a stretch of road at Ballyline on the Ballylongford/Listowel recently by Kerry County Council as a remedial project to alleviate flooding in the area.

While it appears to be helping alleviate flooding on the River Line that flows alongside the road, the new work is making for a very underwhelming driving experience.

"It's like driving on corrugated iron," Ballylongford native Brian Finucane told The Kerryman. "And it looks like holes are already forming in it, we're not giving it very long. The work was completed about two weeks ago at a cost we're told of over €70,000 and people can't believe that this is what we got for that money," he said.

Mr Finucane - who is a member of the People Before Profit Alliance and who intends running in next year's local elections - asked Kerry County Council if the road was finished but has not received a reply.

The Council says that due to the nature of the flooding-relief work the road may still be 'settling'.

Workers raised the road by as much as two inches at one point to prevent it from becoming flooded when the River Line breaks its banks. The work also saw large 600mm pipes installed to prevent flood waters being dammed by the raised section of road.

"When you raise the road by that much, vibrating rollers are used to compact the material, which has been double surface dressed. However, there may still be an element of settlement taking place, which we expect will level out in the coming weeks. There is no safety issue, but we will continue to monitor the road to ensure that the issues resolve themselves," a spokesperson for the council said.


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