County Council News, November 2010

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Progress on the Ring Road

Good progress is being made on the Ring Road, North of the town. In the coming weeks it is hoped that the re-alignment of the Tuam Road will be complete, bypassing the bad bends there at present. Work has moved to the Ballydavid South side of the Tuam Road and excavations are coming to an end along the first stretch to Moanbaun.

We are applying for further funding in 2011 to continue the project, but in the present climate nothing is certain.

Monivea Road Bridge

As the evenings get darker it is again all too obvious, the danger to pedestrians of using the Monivea Road railway bridge at Caheroyan. I have again asked that consideration be given urgently to the building of a footpath over the bridge. Galway County Council is in regular contact with Iarnróid Éireann on the subject of bridge safety and I will keep you informed of any progress.

Footpath Improvements in Craughwell

Craughwell village suffered badly from the terrible floods last November. Funding has been provided to make general repairs around the village and some flood issues are being addressed. Parts of these funds are now being allocated to renewing footpaths in the village which is very welcome. I would like to compliment the local Development Association, which has worked closely with Galway County Council on the issues.

Roundabout Decision at Last

Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, has finally granted a licence to finish the Prospect Junction, which had been a building site for 3 years.

His decision, though welcome from a Road safety point of view, will not please everyone as it is inevitable in these issues. Many people feel that the heritage aspect of the situation should take precedence as the Loro Gate is a National Monument. However, Mr. Gormley’s professional advisers have come down on the need for a safe junction at this important entrance to the town.

Therefore, the section of wall in question will be preserved beneath the carriageway and the roundabout will be completed over the coming months.

This has been a difficult process and I would like to compliment all those who engaged in it including the various Heritage interests, the Community Council and the Chamber of Commerce. Galway County Manager Martina Maloney has worked tirelessly over the past 3 years to achieve a decision on the issue. It’s a miracle that no serious injury has occurred in that time at the junction, which is a “free-for-all” at times.

We have had a major pothole filling campaign around the area in the past week and the method of repair has improved somewhat, which has led to a reasonable improvement in road surfaces.

This Article was first published in East Galway News and Views, October/November 2010

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Written by Peter Haden

Published here 21 Apr 2024 and originally published November 2010

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