Council defends major road delays
Published 17/11/2015 | 00:00
LENGTHY traffic delays outside of Enniscorthy and in the Ferns area were unavoidable, according to council officials.
Director of Services for Roads, Eamonn Hore, said motorists were concerned about the delays which occurred during the October Bank Holiday weekend, especially near Scarawalsh.
Mr Hore said: 'The road is practically finished. We have €15m of residual works in the county. These roads will return to us as regional roads. We have had a phenomenal amount of work to do and this money didn't fall out of the sky so when we get these roads back we won't have to spend any more money on them and this will free up money for other roads in the county.'
Mr Hore said motorists experienced significant delays on three roads.
'Two bank holidays were affected and there was a collapse of a culvert. I appreciate that there was a delay of 40 odd minutes in Enniscorthy but I don't think it was overly bad in terms of what we had to do. The work we've done over two years is phenomenal.'
Cllr Paddy Kavanagh was critical of the decision to sanction a road closure licence to CIE for works at Salsborough.
'CIE were blocking the road which was being used as a rat run.'
Cllr Ger Carthy said Knock Airport was built quicker than it has taken for the road works from Castlebridge into Wexford town. Mr Hore said three major businesses on the road had specific dates in mind for the works and access to their buildings had to be accommodated.