Edenderry Town Councillors took a philosophical view of matters at their May monthly meeting last week when told which works could and could not be carried out in the area due to budgetary constraints.
Area Engineer Damien Grennan told the Councillors that there were 600 kilometres of roads in the area, but that for this year they would be concentrating on the town’s streets.
Tenders were expected late last week for a number of the projects and it was hoped that they would commence when the schools are on holidays which would mean less disruption, he said.
Among the projects which will be carried out are the Clonmullen Lane to Carrick Road and Greenwood Park. Funding will dictate the length and distance of the works, added Mr Grennan.
Cllr Noel Cribbin asked could two blind bends on the Clonmullen Lane be straightened? Mr Grennan said they would try to broaden the lane and if this was not possible they would put up signage. Cllr Cribbin also asked about trying out a one-way system for a trial period as he felt this would solve a lot of problems.
Mr Grennan said there would be diversions in place while the work was going on and this would give them an opportunity to see if a one-way system worked.
He added that if the owner of the land was agreeable they would cut back the hedging which would help visibility on the bends. The Council will be contacting the owner to see about this.
Cllr Fergus McDonnell asked about funding for repairs to the concrete surface on Assumption Road, he pointed out that the concrete surface had withstood the test of time. Mr Grennan said that there was no money for further works other than repairs and maintenance. He pointed out that concrete was not skid resistant and that any remedial work and overlay would have to meet current requirements. There was no budget this year for any work in those areas, he said.
When Cllr McDonnell asked about the possibility of a mini roundabout at the junction of Fr Paul Murphy Street and JKL Street, Mr Grennan said the road would be improved at some stage in the future, but there would have to be consultation about what format this would take because of issues with businesses in the area.
“Two out of three ain’t bad,” quipped Cllr McDonnell.