East Cork close to meet­ing roads tar­get

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Christy Parker

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.

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