Weather woes batter Longford's roads network

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

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A pothole ridden section of road close to Ardagh village which was sent into the Leader this week by an online reader

Government bosses are coming under sustained fire this week to provide additional state funding to repair scores of roads across the county damaged as a consequence of recent adverse weather conditions.

Potholes, crumbling surfaces and flooding have become an almost daily occurence for Longford motorists on their way to work and early morning school runs.

It has brought with it plenty of vitriol both from the wider public and local politicians aggrieved at the apparent deteriorating state of Longford's road infrastructure.

In an attempt to gauge that groundswell of opinion, the Leader issued an open invitation this week to its online audience to send in pictures of some of the county's worst affected passageways.

Among some of the images sent in included those of the main Ardagh to Edgeworthstown road and a section of the main N55 entering Ballymahon.

Another reader chose to highlight the “terrible” condition of the Ballinalee turn off from Edgeworthstown close, otherwise known as 'Quinn's Corner' as being particularly dilapidated.

Those anxieties come in the face of renewed criticism locally over the level of emergency state funding being made available to rural counties like Longford.

Only last month, Independent Cllr Mark Casey accused Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy of “living in cuckoo land” concerning the €24,000 assigned in post-Storm Ophelia clean up costs.

That was followed last week by Leader columnist Mattie Fox who questioned the so-called 'we'll do it later mentality' when it comes to rectifying Ireland's rural road network.

Fianna Fáil Longford Westmeath TD Robert Troy was perhaps even more cutting by choosing to direct his ire at Transport Minister Shane Ross.

He claimed the Independent Alliance TD still hadn't responded to a National Oversight and Audit Commission report which claimed two thirds of the country's roads are in a state of disrepair and in need of significant remedial work.

“He needs to get his act together and start doing his job,” exclaimed the Ballynacargy man.

In spite of that criticism, Cllr Paul Ross claimed he has managed to secure funding to rectify what he termed as the “worst pothole in Co Longford” entering Ardagh village.

The Legan based politician didn't stop there, adding assurances had also been given by council bosses to resurface a troublesome 1km stretch from the Cross junction in Ardagh to the turn off for Legan under the Summer Works Programme.

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