A Galway Council Councillor has called on Galway County Council to ensure that there is no damage to local routes as a result of the construction of the new M17 motorway.
Councillor Jim Cuddy voiced his fears over the works in recent days, requesting that Galway County Council ensure that haulage routes for the new M17 motorway are maintained by the contractor when construction commences on the new road.
“When the M6 motorway was under construction, there were huge problems with the deterioration of local roads that were used as haulage routes, which resulted in Galway County Council having to pay for the road repairs themselves and we need to ensure that the same thing does not happen again,” said Cllr Cuddy.
The Oranmore councillor said he has now tabled a motion for the next Galway County Council meeting, requesting that the officials clarify what haulage routes are to be used by the lorries carrying stone and ensure that there will be strict compliance.
“It also needs to be made clear to the contractor that they are liable for any damage to the haulage routes during construction,” he said.
“The council need to be proactive on this issue in advance of a contractor being appointed, to ensure that the local authority do not end up picking up the tab for road damage caused during construction. Given the difficult economic times, the council cannot afford to pay for damage to haulage routes for the new motorway and I will be seeking support for this motion from other councillors,” he said.