Road clo­sures for N72 vil­lage

Irish Examiner - County - - NEWS - Sean O’Rior­dan

Fears were raised that road clo­sures on a na­tional route in north Cork will again sig­nif­i­cantly dis­rupt busi­ness life in a vil­lage.

Bal­ly­hooly, be­tween Castle­town­roche and Fer­moy on the N72, has sev­eral pubs, a ser­vice sta­tion and shop. It has reg­u­larly suf­fered busi­ness losses due to road re­pairs.

Cork County Coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of roads Tom Stritch said there will be clo­sures in Septem­ber at Grange East and Grange West, be­tween Fer­moy and Bal­ly­hooly.

Coun­cil­lors Kay Daw­son and Frank O’Flynn both said they did not want to see a re­peat of the losses sus­tained lo­cally by road­works. Cllr Noel McCarthy in­quired if it was pos­si­ble that the work could be un­der­taken at night.

Mr Stritch said the work was be­ing car­ried out by the coun­cil on be­half of Trans­port In­fras­truc­ture Ire­land (TII) as it was a na­tional sec­ondary road.

“Real­is­ti­cally, TII is un­likely to al­low night time work on a road which is in a ru­ral area,” he told coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing of the North­ern Di­vi­sion.

Mr McCarthy asked him to in­form coun­cil­lors when he was aware of the full pic­ture of the ex­act time­frame for the road clo­sure so they could li­aise with busi­nesses in Bal­ly­hooly. Mr Stritch agreed to the sug­ges­tion.

Mean­while, the roads’ di­rec­tor said TII also an­nounced it ex­pected to repair a foot­path on the side of the N72 north of the town park in Fer­moy. The foot­path has sub­sided and has been closed to pub­lic ac­cess for a num­ber of years.

Coun­cil­lors have re­peat­edly high­lighted the dan­ger the dam­aged pave­ment pre­sented to pedes­tri­ans. Mr Stritch said he ex­pected repair works to start next month.

“Thaks be to God there’s light at the end of the tun­nel on this but I’ll only be­lieve it when I see the JCBs there,” Mr O’Flynn said.

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