Monday 11 December 2017

Funding for road repairs cut as kitty runs dry

Maria Herlihy

COUNCILLORS at the Kanturk Area meeting of Cork County Council said they were "disappointed" at the 17% cut in the road surface dressing programme for 2013 but accepted there was no money in the kitty.

Executive engineer Pat Corbett told the meeting there was €775,882 available for work this year and that budget would have to do 7km of regional roads and 25km of local roads.

The list provided an estimated cost for work on 23 roads with the lion's share of the funding - €193,902 - to be spent on surface dressing at John's Bridge Cross Roads, Kanturk.

Other roads listed for surface dressing included Knockeenacurrig, Kiskeam, at an estimated cost of €45,000 as well as Maule Cross to Coolclogher in Boherbue, which has an estimated cost of €66,250.

At the meeting on Friday morning, Cllr Timmy Collins (Ind) said the 17% cut was disappointing. He accepted that Cork County Council could not do anything about the available budget but said the roads in Duhallow took a hammering due to flooding and adverse weather conditions.

"Filling pot holes is costly and then they have to be done as quickly as they were filled," he said.

Cllr Noel Buckley (FG) welcomed the report, but said that the reality is that additional funding was not going to become available.


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