No funding for road repairs

There is no funding in the 2013 budget to repair the Glosha Road in Rathdowney.

There is no funding in the 2013 budget to repair the Glosha Road in Rathdowney.

Speaking to councillors at the recent Borris in Ossory electoral area meeting, Acting senior executive engineer Brenda Cuddy said that the road will be examined next year.

“The 2014 roads programme will be presented in early Spring and this will be following a complete survey of all our road network and the application of a scoring system agreed at national level. This road will be examined under this regime for inspection”.

She was responding to Cllr John King who said that the Glosha Road surface has deteriorated over the years and is a potential black spot for accidents. He added that road markings at Dunnes Stores in the town need to be redone as well. Ms Cuddy told councillors that the new scoring system will be very rigid and is literally a pavement survey.

“Scores are between one and ten and is done by GPS with one being the worst roads. Every road we had to strengthen this year, we picked the worst patches to do. Ideally we would have gone from junction to junction but this would mean doing five instead of ten roads”.

Councillors also heard that there is no funding available for traffic calming measures in Abbeyleix. Cllr John Joe Fennelly asked Laois County Council to install traffic calming measures at Church View, New Road Abbeyleix as a matter of urgency. “This has become a danger and safety issue to residents in the immediate area. It needs attention, there are up to 200 people at the VEC, residents can’t park and traffic is bellowing by”, he said, but was told that there is no funding this year.