Killeagh Road Work Misery Set To Return

By Seamus Whelehan


Motorists are being warned to brace themselves for further disruption as road works return to Killeagh.
Despite running nearly four months behind schedule the same contractor is set to return to rectify a series of faults identified in the €3.5million scheme.

The news comes as Fine Gael Cllr Michael Hegarty has accused the Killeagh contractor of substandard repairs to roads and pavements.
N25 drivers could face weeks of misery as the programme of work is to include footpath works, drainage, underground ducting, footpath replacement and landscaping.
Cllr Hegarty is unhappy with the quality and durability of some of the road repairs.
The Fine Gael Cllr this week called for a representative of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and the contractor for the works to attend the next sitting of the East Cork Municipality.
His fellow Cllrs say they are inundated with complaints from residents over defective gullies leading to spot flooding and inadequate disability parking bays.
Cllr Hegarty said “how any contractor was allowed get away with the type of work carried out in Killeagh was scandalous.”
East Cork Municipality Chairwoman, Fine Gael Cllr Susan McCarthy said “a lot of what the residents expected out of the [enhancement programme] didn’t come through.”
She said “There are disability parking spaces that are not adequate, they are not long enough.”
Sinn Féin Cllr Danielle Twomey said “there are huge drainage issues on the main street. The drains are on one end and the road is sloping on the other end. Which is just baffling”

Traffic chaos has already caused misery among motorists and the business community in Killeagh since works commenced in October 2016.

The nine month project wasn’t complete until November 2017.

A similar scheme to upgrade overlay and footpaths in Castlemartyr, under a different contractor, is set to commence shortly and last up to six months.
And will include improvement of traffic signals and remedy drainage issues at Knockane.