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Challenges: Conor Faughnan of the AA warned drivers face more breakdowns. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

Challenges: Conor Faughnan of the AA warned drivers face more breakdowns. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

Challenges: Conor Faughnan of the AA warned drivers face more breakdowns. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

A surge in roadworks is causing headaches for road users as councils scramble to get their €525m maintenance and improvements programme back on track after lockdown restrictions.

The Department of Transport says councils will not be allowed carry over grant funding if the backlog leaves any of this year's money unspent.

Some councils are planning to forego the traditional August fortnight holiday to keep road crews working through the summer.