Clare County Council has confirmed it has completed its Roadworks Programme for 2010.
The drawn down figure of €22.687 represents an 11% increase on the original allocations total provided by the Department of Transport and NRA after Clare County Council successfully secured additional funding approval.
In excess of one hundred wide-ranging works were completed during 2010 on national regional and local routes throughout County Clare. They included surface reconstruction and improvement works, road safety projects and road realignment works.
Among the routes to benefit from road improvement works were the N68 at Edenvale, Caherea, Lissycasey and Kilrush, the N67 at Moyasta and the R352 in Tulla. The main road north of Lisdoonvarna to Corkscrew Hill has also been upgraded while the road between Corkscrew Hill and Ballyvaughan is currently being upgraded. Works are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks at Ballyduffbeg, Inagh on the N85. During 2010, two road safety projects were also undertaken in Kilrush and Ennis.
According to Senior Engineer Tom Tiernan: “To all intents and purposes the Council completed its Roadworks Programme in 2010. Any minor elements which were not completed were as such due to circumstances outside of the Council’s control. For example, it became apparent in early Summer 2010 that it would not be possible to spend a sum of €300,000 allocated to Blakes Corner, Ennistymon, due to the complexity and sensitivity of the procedures involved because of the conflict between the proposed junction improvement and the location of adjacent protected structures. The NRA in recognising this has confirmed that it remains committed to the project and funding will be made available to facilitate it.”
“The Roadworks Programme was implemented systematically while taking account of the specific needs of the various work sites involved, the climatic conditions required in each case, optimisation and allocation of plant resources available etc. Certain difficulties were encountered both at the beginning and the end of 2010 because of the very severe weather conditions which pertained. Certain improvisations and strategy alterations were required but ultimately the job was completed as effectively as it could be in the prevailing circumstances”, Mr. Tiernan said.
The allocation confirmed by the Department of Transport in relation to Regional and Local Roads for 2010 was €15,586,498. The total sum expended and claimed by the Council was €15, 281,462. The reason for the shortfall of approximately €300,000 was that a sum of €500,000 allocated in respect of the Killaloe By-Pass/Shannon Crossing could not be spent due to the fact that planning and design stages documentation were under consideration by the Department.
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