€600,000 road repair works queried

QUERIES were raised over a €600,000 allocation for repair works along the Clara to Tullamore road by one local representative this week.

QUERIES were raised over a €600,000 allocation for repair works along the Clara to Tullamore road by one local representative this week.

Cllr Dervil Dolan noted the funding allocation at Monday’s Tullamore area committee meeting and asked Offaly County Council officials to explain the decision to allocate the monies for works on the N80.

The Independent councillor pointed out that a number of his constituents had questioned him on whether further works were needed on Tullamore to Clara the road. “From a constituents’ point of view, it does seem questionable spending €600,000 on it. It appears to some people that the road is in good condition. The perception is out there.”.

He asked whether the N80 allocation could be used elsewhere in the Tullamore area. Mr Charlie McCarthy, Senior Engineer, Offaly County Council, explained that the National Roads Authority, believes that the N80 is a very strategic road and this was the main reasons why the funding was allocated to carry out works. He pointed out that the Tullamore to Clara road was never overlaid and had been simply surfaced dressed. “You can notice the pot holes appearing in some areas,” he said.

The Senior Engineer continued that if the Council was undertaking works on a road like the N80, then it “needs to be done well”.

He added that the Council had applied for funding for ten roads in total and the National Roads Authority deemed the Clara to Tullamore to be in need of work as part of its road workds programme for 2012.