The bad news is that there may be delays on the Athlone Road, Roscommon for up to two months – the good news is that the road, now increasingly pothole-ridden, is set to be repaired at a cost of €700,000 (ex-VAT).
Following detailed design and procurement Roscommon County Council have entered into a contract with contractor John Madden & Sons to carry out the required road improvement works on the N61 between Casey’s Roundabout and Hawthorn Drive.
The deteriorating condition of the road leading into and out of the county town has been a source of frustration for motorists in recent months and news of the commencement of works will come as a welcome relief to the public.
The contractors were on site on Tuesday with VMS signs being erected to alert motorists to preliminary works.
Roscommon councillors, Orla Leyden and Domnick Connolly and Kathleen Shanagher issued a press statement on Wednesday welcoming the news that the works are set to start. The councillors pointed out that the remedial works had been delayed until Irish Water had completed their work in replacing pipes in the vicinity.
Cllr. Leyden said that the full contract will take in the region of two months to complete. She added: “Motorists should expect delays while works are being carried out. The road is in a really poor state. These works are desperately needed and I welcome the commencement of these works”.