Road closures for N72 village
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.