East Cork Councillors Call For Investment In Minor Roads As TII Continue To Focus On N25 Upgrade

By Seamus Whelehan

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If Transport Infrastructure Ireland continue spending money on the N25 and not investing in minor roads, it’ll be an absolute disaster, Independent Cllr Mary Linehan Foley has warned.
The Youghal based Cllr raised her concerns about the condition of the region’s roads ahead of a 6 month plan of works on the N25 in Castlemartyr Village.
The tender for the upgrade of overlay and footpaths including improvement of traffic signals and drainage issues at Knockane is due to be awarded this Friday.
Traffic delays have already caused untold misery for the motoring public and businesses on the N25 in Killeagh Village, who have had to tolerate 12 months of works.
Now Cllrs say motorists should brace themselves for further disruption as road works are set to continue for a further six months.
Cllr Linehan Foley told the October sitting of the East Cork Municipality investment in our minor roads needs to take place before the works in Castlemartyr commence.
The independent Cllr who received the full backing of her fellow representatives called for a full survey on the condition of all minor roads in East Cork.
As she feared the same roads used as a rat run to avoid the Killeagh works will also be used to avoid long queues, congestion and severe delays on the N25.
East Cork Municipality Chairwoman, Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy said it’s a “smack in the face” for Cork when it must pay 20% of its local property tax intake to support counties with a smaller road network.
“There is no allowance made for the fact Cork is a much, much larger geographical area when it comes to situations where we have to give away 20% of our equalisation fund.”
Fine Gael Cllr Michael Hegarty said “there was an indication that once the works were completed in Killeagh that a representative of Transport Infrastructure Ireland would be sat into a car with an engineer and taken on the routes used as temporary bypasses and rat runs.”
Senior engineer Cork Roads Dave Clarke said a report outlining the remedial works and costs associated is being prepared and will be submitted to the TII to seek funding.
He said however there is a risk further damage to roads will take place.
“The bypass East West at the 2mile inn through Mogeely to Killeagh road is substantially resurfaced. It’s the road south that people may take if they don’t want to elect to travel through Castlemartyr. The key will be to keeping the wait time to below 10 minutes” he said

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