District Engineer Avril Hill has said she has decided on a roads program for the next three years and will know what roads can be done in 2022 when the funding has been confirmed.
During her report at the January meeting of the Arklow Municipal District, she also told councillors that the resurfacing and line marking of the R753 road from Aughrim to Ballinaclash has been delayed since November due to road temperatures and that work will commence when the temperatures increase.
The kerbing at the Vale Road will need to be replaced by the contractor and this will be done when temperatures increase. The footpath will be completed following this work and Ms Hill said the expected finish date is late February.
The footpath from Avoca to Rathdrum is expected to be done by the end of January. Resurfacing in Redcross will be done after Irish Water has completed its works.
Councillor Sylvester Bourke (FG) said: “I have a few points I’d like to raise, the footpath on the Vale Road, who will pay to replace the kerb that was only put in a few months ago? Is it the council or the contractor?
"A lot of people have been in touch with me about the pride crossing peeling away, when is that going to be fixed?”
Ms Hill said: “The contractor will stand over the kerb on the Vale Road, they’ll pay for that. We’re going to look into the pride crossing and see what we can do with that.”
Councillor Pat Kennedy (FF) said: “Have you looked at the road near the BrookLodge Hotel? That’s in fierce bad condition for one of our tourist attractions. The road between Avoca and Conary and road up at the top of Annacurra are in a bad state too, I’m wondering if anything can be done with them.”
Ms Hill said the roads in Annacurra and at the Brook Lodge are on the road’s programme for the next three years.
Councillor Tommy Annesley said “I agree that something should be done earlier rather than later at Bridge Street. The pothole will only get wider when you have a five-axle truck turning on it. I also see that we’ve got a pothole getting bigger and bigger outside the Fifty Six Bar.”
Councillor Peir Leonard (Ind) said: “I’d like to bring up the road surface on Tigroney Road, it’s in a pretty bad state. Also, the junction at South Quay and Bridge Street, there’s a reoccurring pothole there.
"It’s seems to be a severe problem with heavy good vehicles coming up from South Quay. I think we might need to look at the heavy vehicles using that junction or get an explanation for the pothole.
Ms Hill said: "The Tigroney Road is on our three year list. We've had a chat with a contractor about the pothole on Bridge Street, we’re going to sit down and figure out a solution that will last a bit longer."
Cathaoirleach Miriam Murphy asked for an update at the February meeting.