Cllr. Marty McDermott has received assurances that major roadworks on the main Roscommon/Castlerea road will be completed by the 25th of October, bringing an end to the inconvenience caused to local residents.
Cllr. McDermott says he has also been assured that damage caused to local roads – arising from a detour being in place – will be addressed promptly by Roscommon County Council.
Since the commencement of the roadworks on the Roscommon/Castlerea road, motorists have been advised of alternative routes. However, the sheer volume of traffic which has materialised on the Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg road has caused major concern for local residents.
Says Cllr. McDermott: “Residents are very upset about the volume and speed of the extra traffic, which is unprecedented. This has put extra pressure on the road and it is deteriorating rapidly”.
Cllr. McDermott said that it would be better if greater use was made of the option to divert to Tulsk.
However, the Fianna Fáil councillor was reassured by the response that he received when he raised these concerns at the Draft Budgetary Plan Meeting of the Roscommon Municipal District which was held on Monday morning.
“I was advised that the roadworks/detour should be finished by the 25th of October. Also, I have been in regular consultation with the Council and they have assured me that the road (at Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg) will be fully repaired”.
Cllr. McDermott said that the Council had already filled in a drain on the Emlaghmore/Emlaghbeg road which he said had been worrying locals as it could have led to an accident.
Meanwhile, in a related matter, Cllr. McDermott says that the Council will be addressing the issue of the ongoing build-up of surface water on the N60 near Oran GAA Club at Rockfield. Locals had expressed fears that there could be a fatal accident at that location. He said an engineer from the Council recently viewed the area.
“The drainage that is required to release the surface water will be arranged, and these remedial works will be done before the road is opened”.
Cllr. McDermott expressed his thanks to the relevant engineer and staff of Roscommon County Council for “responding so favourably and so quickly on these issues”.