The Department of the Environment is “well aware” of the condition of the Nenagh to Thurles road at Latteragh, Nenagh area councillors have been told.
District manager Marcus O’Connor said that the council had had a lot of discussion with the Department and the National Roads Authority about the road, but there were “bigger things on our shopping list”.
At Nenagh Municipal District Council’s Janaury meeting, Cllr Hughie McGrath warned that the road was “starting to give” and had begun to develop potholes already following emergency work in December when a section collapsed.
He was supported by Cllr Joe Hannigan who could not understand why the road was not classified as a national route. “I believe it is a national route because of the amount of traffic using it,” he said.
Cllr Mattie Ryan urged that they contact local Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and have him upgrade its status.
However, Cllr Ger Darcy was unsure about looking for national road status and warned it would need a “huge amount of investment”.
Cllr John Carroll said that motorists were driving the road “in great peril”, and stated that the river was continuously eroding the road
Area engineer Michael Hayes pointed out that the repair work before Christmas had been carried out in bad weather.
Mr O’Connor said the council had “no hang up” on its classification but felt it might be better to seek funding under the Strategic Non-National Roads programme.