Country road near Barntown partially re-opens for years after being closed
A country road at Keelogues in Barntown has re-opened on a limited basis several years after it was closed following a culvert collapse.
Cllr George Lawlor said the road closed four years ago and used as a rat run between Larkin's Cross and Glynn was now open again, but only to cars and small vans, with a permanent height and width barrier in place.
Trucks were not being allowed to use it because they would overburden the road and cause another collapse.
Cllr Lawlor said the €2m cost of fully reinstating the road made it too expensive and the remedial work that had been carried out to enable it to re-open to smaller vehicles cost in the region of €45,000.
The initial problem was caused when a river running beneath the road undermined part of its foundations.