€2.56 million in the kitty for south and west Laois

Roadworks.
There was “harmony” in Laois County Council last week, when councillors in the Borris-in-Ossory to Mountmellick area approved their €2,560,000 budget for 2015.

There was “harmony” in Laois County Council last week, when councillors in the Borris-in-Ossory to Mountmellick area approved their €2,560,000 budget for 2015.

The money is for roads, paths, lights, road safety, parking and street cleaning in the west Laois area.

Cathaoirleach Cllr Paddy Bracken was “glad to see harmony” among his colleagues.

“We all agree on the schedule, we are happy enough,” he said at their March meeting held last Thursday, March 19.

“There is room to tweak it. These are all estimates, so there has to be a bit of manoeuvre as tenders come in,” said engineer Brenda Cuddy.

Lower oil prices could leave extra money added engineer Henry Ritchie.

€2.217 million is for roads, covering everything from winter maintenance to road strengthening, redressing and repairs to potholes and bridges.

Top of the expense list will be Acragar road in Mountmellick, which will be strengthened and dressed at an estimated cost of €324,000.

That road was the recent site for replacement of water mains by Irish Water.

€315,000 will be spent at Concourse, on the R445 Mountrath to Roscrea road.

Another 18 roads are lined up for strengthening or surface dressing.

Local roads have a budget of just under €400,000, to fix potholes, drainage and general maintenance.

Two stone bridges are scheduled for repairs, €30,000 to clean up and repair Forest Bridge, and €40,000 for Quinn’s Bridge.

There is €30,000 put aside for enhancement to public areas, sites to be confirmed.

Footpaths have been allocated €73,000 in the district, with €30,000 of that to be spent putting a path to Rosenallis GAA pitch.

€14,000 will be spent on paths in Mountmellick, in the town centre and on the Acragar road. Paths will also be fixed in Mountrath, Rathdowney, Errill, Rosenallis and Cullohill.

Councilllors put in €3,000 of their discretionary budgets for an extra streetlight , in Donaghmore, Rathdowney GAA, Parknahown lane, and Harbour St and Manor Lane in Mountmellick, with another €4,000 for lights in Mountmellick town.

Speeds ramps at €5,000 each are going into Moonbawn, Mountrath and Erkina Court, Rathdowney.