Cork Drivers ‘seething’ over condition of city roads

Cork Drivers ‘seething’ over condition of city roads
Pothole in Cork. Picture: Denis Scannell

DRIVERS in Cork are 'seething with anger' as the city's roads worsen, according to members of Cork City Council.

Former Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris O'Leary, has slammed the condition of many roads in the city centre, suggesting that accidents are inevitable as the local authority struggles to fund road repairs.

Speaking at last night's meeting of Cork City Council, Mr O'Leary referred to issues throughout the busy south-east of the city, including locations in Mahon, Blackrock and Ballintemple.

"It is really discouraging for drivers to be experiencing conditions like this," he said.

"Across the city, we have culverts in roads - the middle of the road by Blackrock church, the SMA building. We are only waiting for a serious accident to happen."

Mr O'Leary said the problem is rife throughout the city.

Several other members of the council also pointed to issues with degrading pedestrian crossings in the city centre, as well as fading road markings throughout the city and numerous housing estates.

"Anyone who is paying motor tax, myself included, is seething with anger about the state of the roads in the city," said Mr O'Leary. 

"I would call on the Minister for Local Government to start funding local authorities properly so that we can remedy this - we are at a critical stage."

Officials at Cork City Council stated that funding for road maintenance has declined significantly over the last eight years.

While this has recovered to some extent in the most recent budget, it has not returned to the heights seen in the past.

A spokesperson for the roads division said: "We are not at the level we would like be at but we are going in the right direction. At one point, there were no resurfacing contracts at all."

There is some element of general maintenance, footpath renewal and road surface repairs ongoing in the city, but much of the work is confined to bigger projects which are being completed under the roads capital programme.

These include the Blackrock Village Scheme, the Skehard Road works, the Wilton Road upgrades and the Tinker's Cross Junction Improvement Scheme, all of which are at least partially funded by central government money.

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