East Cork close to meeting roads target
Cork County Council has all but met its implementation targets for 2017 for the East Cork Municipal District roads programme.
Figures circulated to last week’s municipality meeting by senior executive roads engineer Dave Clarke, showed nine restoration/improvement projects across eight local roads, and one regional road, completed and two local road schemes 90% finished.
A remaining local road project stood at 10% but was expected to be complete within weeks.
Additionally, 3,000 metres of regional road surface dressing had also been concluded, with a similar project on 20, 470 metres of local roads 95% finished.
One of three scheduled local community involvement schemes (CIS) has been accomplished with the remaining two to follow within amonthorso.
The region’s footpath programme which allows for the investment of up to €108,000 remains ongoing at 13% completed.
Mr Clarke explained that the council “outsources footpath programmes, and it seems that contractors are quite busy these days”. He said the footpath programme had been divided into individual contracts, for Youghal and Midleton areas, but the same contractor had bid successfully for both.
It was expected that the contractor, who had also undertaken the 2016 programme, would be addressing the work in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the council is to remove concrete ‘rubbing strips’ on a narrow bridge on the Youghal-Ballymacoda road, following a series of collisions at the juncture. The strips are standard features on either side of bridges and are aimed at preventing structural damage from heavy vehicles, in particular.
However, as Cllr Michael Hegarty told the meeting, at least five cars had damaged their wheels on them with the evidence visible on the bridge.
He said the crossing was now too narrow for two vehicles to pass and feared a fatality unless the strips were removed.